ISLAMABAD  -   Speaker National Assembly Asad Qaiser Monday said that Kashmir issue was not just a territorial dispute but a question of people’s inherent right to self-determination.

He said the brutal force and propaganda cannot gag the voice of freedom nor it can alter Pakistan’s resolute and principled stance on the issue of Kashmir. He said this in his message at the eve of Kashmir Solidarity Day to be commemorated across Pakistan and Azad Jammu and Kashmir on February 5 to express solidarity with the Kashmiri brethren.

Referring to the future of South Asia and Kashmir dispute, the Speaker remarked that peace in South Asia will remain allusive when world’s so called largest democracy unleash brute force against the people of Kashmir. He urged the United Nations and international community to ensure the implementation of its own resolutions on Kashmir and ensure its own relevance in international disputes resolutions.

Highlighting Pakistan’s steadfast support to the freedom struggle of the Kashmiri people, the Speaker reinforced Pakistan’s unwavering historic stance on Kashmir and added that the people and Government of Pakistan will continue to provide all kinds of moral, diplomatic and political support to the Kashmiri people at every forum. He said that the Parliament of Pakistan is fully committed for peaceful resolution of Kashmir Issue and has passed number of resolutions against the atrocities of Indian Armed Forces in Occupied Kashmir and for rights of self determination of people of held valley in accordance with resolutions of United Nations Security Councils. He remarked that forceful occupation of Kashmir was against the modern norms of nation state and people’s basic right to self-determination - the right to form government as per people’s aspirations free from foreign interference.

Women’s Parliamentary Caucus recalled International Community’s Commitment to ensure the right to self-determination of the people of Kashmir under the UN Security Council Resolutions through a plebiscite.

The WPC further calls for special attention of the world community to eight SCRs on Women, Peace and Security agenda with special reference to SCRs 1325 and 1820 that recognise sexual violence as weapon and tactic of war.”