ISLAMABAD - President Asif Ali Zardari and Prime Minister Yousuf Raza Gilani have reiterated Pakistan’s resolve to continue with support to the Kashmiris for their just cause.

The President, in a message on Kashmir Solidarity Day to be observed today (February 5), said the government and the people of Pakistan had been observing the day by renewing their unswerving support for the just struggle of Kashmiris for the realisation of their fundamental and inalienable rights.

He said Pakistan wanted a peaceful settlement of the Kashmir dispute. President Zardari said the Kashmiris rendered countless sacrifices in their fight for freedom, pleading for equity and justice and for fulfilment of the promise for the effective exercise of their right to self-determination as envisaged in the relevant UN resolutions.

He said, “It is indeed imperative that the noble principles and values, that underpin the just Kashmiri cause, are upheld and supported by all justice and freedom loving people across the world.” He said it is also important that the fundamental human rights of the people of Jammu and Kashmir are respected and promoted. In recent years, he said the peaceful struggle of the people of Jammu and Kashmir has gained strength and intensity. In his message, Gilani said that a peaceful settlement of the Kashmir dispute in accordance with the aspirations of the Kashmiris was a must to ensure peace and prosperity in the region.