Kashmiris may choose Pakistan or independence: PM Khan


Prime Minister Imran Khan on Friday said Pakistan will allow Kashmiris to decide between choosing to join Pakistan or remaining independent even after they vote in favour of Pakistan in a future plebiscite.

Addressing a public gathering in Kotli district of Azad Jammu and Kashmir (AJK) on Kash­mir Solidarity Day, which is being observed across the country today, the premier also reminded the United Nations and the international community that they had failed to provide the promised right to the people of Kashmir to determine their own future.
He recalled that the world had promised Kashmiris in 1948 that they would get the right to decide their own future as per UN Security Council resolutions.
“So I’ve come here to firstly remind the world that the right [promised] to the people of Kashmir was not fulfilled,” he told the crowd.
In contrast, the prime minister noted, East Timor, which was an Indonesian island with a Christian majority, became independent after the UNSC pursued a referendum there.
The premier said he had in the past reminded and will always remind the UN that “you did not fulfil the promise [made to Kashmiris].”
Addressing the people of Kashmir, the prime minister said: “When the residents of Indian-occupied Kashmir as well as Azad Kashmir get the right to decide their future, and when the people of Kashmir will choose Pakistan InshAllah, then Pakistan will give Kashmiris the right to decide whether they want to become a part of Pakistan or remain independent.”
Imran said the entire Pakistan was standing with the people of occupied Kashmir. “And not just all of Pakistan, but the Muslim world is standing with you,” he told them.
“If Muslim governments, for any reason, are not supporting you today, I can assure you the entire population of the Muslim world is standing with the people of occupied Kashmir,” he said, adding that even non-Muslims who favoured justice believed that Kashmiris should be given their promised right.
Prime Minister Imran said the people of Pakistan understood the ordeals the residents of occupied Kashmir had gone through and continued to suffer.
“I as a father want to say to you that we all know what you go through, the kind of pain you face, the kind of tyrant you are confronting,” he told Kashmiri parents.
“Whatever strength I have, I will raise your voice at every forum. I have been doing it and will keep raising it. […] Rest assured that I will be the ambassador of Kashmir and will raise my voice for you everywhere until Kashmir gains independence.”
The prime minister said upon assuming office he had tried his best to send a message of friendship to India and make it understand that the Kashmir issue could not be resolved through “oppression”.
“World history shows that no powerful army of the world can win against a [united] population; when an entire nation stands up, the biggest armies failed,” he said, citing the examples of Vietnam, Afghanistan and Algeria.
“India may bring 900,000 army [troops] or even more, but the people of Kashmir will never accept your slavery,” he added.
Referring to India’s revocation of occupied Kashmir’s semi-autonomous status, he said the “few people” in Kashmir who supported India now favoured independence too due to the oppression and injustice it began perpetrating after August 5, 2019.
“Any politician in Kashmir who is pro-India cannot win an election in Kashmir,” the premier emphasised.


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