ISLAMABAD–Pakistan said on Tuesday that Kashmiris are important stakeholders to the Kashmir dispute as they are the ones required to exercise their right to self-determination.
“Pakistan firmly believes that the final disposition of the Jammu and Kashmir issue should be in accordance with the will of the Kashmiri people, to be determined through a free and impartial plebiscite under the UN auspices, as enshrined in relevant Security Council Resolutions,” the Foreign Ministry spokesperson said.
She said Pakistan has all along maintained that dialogue between Pakistan and India is important for peace, economic development and welfare of the people of South Asia. Pakistan remains committed to a sustained, unconditional and result-oriented dialogue with India, to discuss all outstanding issue, including the core issue of Jammu and Kashmir.
The All Parties Hurriyet Conference Chairman, Mirwaiz Umar Farooq had also angrily reacted to the statement of Indian Ministry of Foreign Affairs that there is no scope for involvement of any third party on Kashmir dispute.
Mirwaiz Umar Farooq in a media interview in Srinagar said, “First party is Kashmiris and we are not the mediators. Third party means when someone else comes. This statement of Indian Foreign Ministry is far from reality. Kashmiris are not the third party but the main party.”
The Indian Foreign Affairs Spokesperson, Syed Akbaruddin had said on Friday: “There was never, and will never be any scope for involvement of any third party.” However, rejecting his assertions, the Mirwaiz said, “Kashmiris are the basic party to the dispute. India and Pakistan cannot sit together and talk about Kashmiris.”
“When we talk about Kashmir, it means Kashmir, Jammu, Ladakh, Azad Kashmir and Gilgit-Baltistan. Whole region is disputed and both Pakistan and India have to take aspirations of people of the state into consideration. That time is over when someone else would take decisions on behalf of Kashmiris. Colonial approach won’t work now. Kashmiris have given lot of scarifies and they are the main stakeholders and both the countries should keep it in mind,” the Mirwaiz asserted.
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— The Daily Mail - People's Daily