Pakistan committed to diplomatic, moral, and Political Support of Kashmiris’ Right to Self determination: Prime Minister

Islamabad, July 18, 2012 (PPI-OT): We will continue to extend diplomatic, political and moral support to the people of Kashmir till the resolution of the core issue in accordance with the UN resolutions and the aspirations of the Kashmiri people. This Prime Minister Raja Pervez Ashraf said while addressing the mammoth public meeting at Athmuqam (Neelum Valley, in Azad jammu and Kashmir.

The Prime Minister said that Pakistan was pursuing a policy of cordial relations with India and initiatives in this regard were also appreciated by Saudi King Abdullah Bin Abdul Aziz during his recent meeting with him in Jeddah who described improvement of relations between the two countries as a good omen which would be beneficial to the people of both India and Pakistan.

The Prime Minister said that it had been the policy of government of Pakistan to continue to improve relations with its immediate neighbours such as Afghanistan, Iran, China, India and Sri Lanka and beyond.

The Prime Minister said that Pakistan would support reconciliation process which was Afghan-owned and Afghan-led because stable, prosperous and sovereign Afghanistan offered stability and peace in this part of the region and Pakistan would immensely benefit in ways more than one.

The Prime Minister said that elections in the country were not far off and the selection of the chief Election Commissioner based on consensus would ensure fair, free, credible and impartial elections in the country. The PPP is the party which respects the mandate of the people and strictly believes in the sanctity of the political choice of the people, the Prime Minister said.

The Prime Minister said that the PPP was the victim of the rigged elections and electoral manipulations in the past and as such would frustrate any design meant to manipulate elections. Actions would speak louder than words in the forthcoming elections, he added.

The Prime Minister said that the PPP believed in coming to power with the support of the people because it firmly believed that the people of Pakistan were the ultimate arbiter and only they had the right to choose their government. The PPP would not allow anyone to deny them the exercise of this sovereign right, the Prime Minister stated.

The Prime Minister said that the PPP believed in decency in politics and would adhere strictly to the principles because the PPP and its leadership had rendered ultimate sacrifices for the restoration of democracy. The PPP workers will never compromise on democracy, the Prime Minister observed.

The Prime Minister said that the PPP was a truly federal party because it had its solid support in the GB, AJ and K, Punjab, Sindh, Balochistan and the KPK and this singular distinction was very reassuring for the federation.

The Prime Minister said that PPP held the legacy of its founding fathers despite the grossly inhospitable environment in the past and would hold the flag of people’s right flag higher without fail in future as well.

The Prime Minister said that he was very happy to address the PPP workers in the Neelam valley as the AJ and K Prime Minister and I were proud workers of the PPP who belonged to the middle class. It is my unflinching belief that the workers of middle class were the true asset for a party and indeed of the country because their allegiance was driven by their ideological commitment, adding only such dedicated people could solve the problems of the people, the Prime Minister asserted.

Referring to the state of the economy, the Prime Minister said that Pakistan had become wheat exporting country from a wheat importing country and the godowns were filled with big wheat stocks.

The Prime Minister expressed his heartfelt gratitude to the women present in large number and travelled long distances through the difficult hilly terrain.

The Prime Minster announced the building of 120 KM quality road between the Autmuqam and Narayan/Kaghan valley and directed the Planning Commission to prepare the feasibility on urgent basis. He said that he would like to lay its foundation stone at the earliest.

Earlier, the President of AJ and K, Prime Minister of AJ and K Minister for Kashmir Affairs, Senior Minister of AJ and K Cabinet Mr. Yasin and other notables of the region addressed the meeting and thanked the Prime Minister of Pakistan for visiting the Valley to inaugurate scores of project in the fields of health and communications.

AJ and K President Sardar Muhammad Yaqub Khan said that nobody could deny the right of self-determination to the people of Kashmir as ‘right to self-determination’ was universally guaranteed right, which is instilled in the heart and soul of the Kashmiri people.

PPP does not believe in the politics of dynasty and the Premiership through democratic process of Raja Pervez Ashraf was the undeniable manifestation of the fact, he stated.

The President AJ and K said that India should meet its commitment by holding plebiscite to provide the opportunity to the people of the state to determine their future.

Mian Manzoor Ahmed Watto, Minister of Kashmir Affairs and Gilgit-Baltistan, while addressing the meeting said that the credit goes to the leadership of the PPP that had honoured the workers by awarding them top positions both in the government as well as in the Party’s hierarchy.

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