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Pakistan renews call for UN backed plebiscite on Kashmir



The Islamic Republic of Pakistan has again called on the international community to prevail on the Indian Government to allow the people of Kashmir and Jammu to determine their quest for statehood through a plebiscite.

The Pakistan High Commissioner in Nigeria, Mr Sohail Khan, said this on Monday at a ceremony held in Abuja at the High Commission to mark the Kashmir Solidarity Day observed annually on Feb. 5.

Khan noted the plebiscite was in accordance with numerous resolutions of the United Nations, which he alleged had been ignored by the Indian Government.

According to him, Multiple United Nations (UN) Resolutions unambiguously declare that the final disposition of the State of Jammu and Kashmir will be made in accordance with the will of the people.

”This is as expressed through the democratic method of a free and impartial plebiscite conducted under the auspices of the UN.”

The envoy reiterated that Pakistan stood firm with Kashmir people and would continue to provide unwavering diplomatic support to them.

Khan therefore urged the international community, including UN and its relevant human rights machinery, civil society organsations, media and others to fulfill their obligations by ensuring that the people of Kashmir determined their future through democratic process.

Our correspondent reports that Kashmir Solidarity Day focuses on showing Pakistan’s support and unity with the people of Indian-occupied Kashmir.

The day also focuses on their ongoing freedom struggle, to pay homage to Kashmiri martyrs who lost their lives fighting for Kashmir’s freedom.

Maureen Okon

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