Kashmir was never part of India and never will be: PM Kakar

Kashmir was never part of India and never will be: PM Kakar

Muzaffarabad (Web Desk/Agencies): Caretaker Prime Minister Anwaar-ul-Haq Kakar on Friday stated that Kashmir has never been and will never be part of India.

Addressing a news conference in Muzaffarabad, he said the resolution of Jammu and Kashmir dispute lies only in plebiscite in accordance with the United Nations Security Council (UNSC) Resolutions. He said no Indian court or assembly can decide the future of the Kashmiris.

Calling the recent verdict of the Indian Supreme Court as a tool to consolidate Indian illegal occupation, said such unilateral and illegal decisions would further stimulate the Kashmir freedom movement.

He said despite world powers’ silence over the issue, India could not succeed in its nefarious designs of diminishing the freedom movement and it was trying to resolve the Kashmir issue according to its own agenda.

“The movement is not diminishing and this is the biggest problem for India and it was again and again trying to bury it through various tactics,” he said.

He said that more than 90,000 Kashmiris had been killed, over 1500 faced forced disappearances and pellet gun injuries, and thousands of the women suffered rape, while the human rights abuses were also documented in two of the UN reports.

“Such painful memories cannot be forgotten for centuries,” he remarked.

Paying tributes to the sacrifices of Kashmiri people, PM Kakar said India cannot suppress the big cause of Kashmiri people for their right to self-determination.

To a question, the premier expressing the government of Pakistan’s resolve to support the Kashmiris in their just cause of freedom, said that this movement would continue with new strength, and remain consistent. 

PM Kakar said that during his two-day visit, he held useful and constructive interactions with the Hurriyat leadership, members and cabinet of AJK legislative assembly, students, and journalists to inject new vigour and energy into the Kashmir freedom movement. 

During the meetings, input from various stakeholders including the Kashmiri leadership would be incorporated to reinvigorate the freedom movement, he said.

The premier said that it has been decided that another round of talks will be held in Islamabad.

“There will be regular contacts with the Kashmiri leadership in order to present the stance of oppressed Kashmiri people more effectively at the world level,” he said.

To another question, PM Kakar maintained that the unilateral and illegal decisions either by the Indian courts or assemblies would never be accepted and Pakistan rejected such decisions.

He said Kashmir’s final settlement must be ensured through a plebiscite in line with the UN resolutions.

“Without it no other way is acceptable,” he added.

 Responding to a query, the prime minister highlighted, “We are advocating for our people, we consider the Kashmiris as future residents of Pakistan”.

On various ongoing and new development projects in AJK, PM Kakar said that a cabinet committee of the AJK government had been formed to look into these and his government would provide every possible support in this regard.