AJK: Pakistan will continue moral, diplomatic support to Kashmiris: President

Muzaffarabad: President Asif Ali Zardari has said that Pakistan will continue moral diplomatic and political support to Kashmiris for their just right of self determination.

He stated this while addressing a joint session of AJK assembly and Azad Jammu Kashmir council at Muzaffarabad on Wednesday. He said that Pakistan has taken various steps at international level to resolve the issue which is hindering development of the region.

President Zardari said that Pakistan wants constructive and result orientated dialogue with India to resolve all outstanding issues including Kashmir to bring stability in the area. He called upon the international community to look into the long standing Kashmir issue which has badly affected peace in the area. The President said that Pakistan believes that any resolution of the Kashmir dispute must be centered on the Kashmiris themselves and they should be associated with the dialogue process.

While terming Afzal Guru’s assassination a judicial murder Mr. Zardari observed that the whole world protested against his murder and it would strengthen the freedom movement of the people of Kashmir.

Earlier responding to the demands made by opposition leader in AJK Legislative Assembly Raja Farooq Haider, the president held that all his demands including amendments in Interim Constitution 1974, the utilization of resources and reconstruction of earthquake affected areas would be accepted and addressed properly. He said that to resolve the issues of AJK, there was a need of consensus in federation which would be achieved.

The leader of opposition Raja Farooq Haider Khan lauded the way President Zardari’s for successful completion of first democratically elected government with his efforts for smooth transition of power. He demanded that Gilgit Baltistan and Kashmir be made one unit.