Lahore: Chief Minister Punjab Shahbaz Sharif has said that the people of Pakistan have always raised their voice against state oppression, torture and trampling of human rights in the occupied Kashmir. Muhammad Shahbaz Sharif said that he pays glowing tributes to the brave struggle of Kashmir people, to achieve their right of self-determination. He said that Pakistan Muslim League-N has always highlighted the Kashmir cause, at every national and international forum during its government, while the stance of the party is clear on resolving the Kashmir issue in accordance with the aspirations of Kashmiri people. He said Pakistan Muslim League-N would continue to extend political and moral support to Kashmiri brethren at every level.
In his message on the occasion of Kashmir Day, Muhammad Shahbaz Sharif said that India’s usurpation of occupied Kashmir and depriving the people of Kashmir of their right of self-determination is highly condemnable. He said it is in the interest of Pakistan and India to resolve Kashmir issue through mutual negotiations, because as long as Kashmir issue is not resolved, in accordance with the aspirations of Kashmiri people other disputes between Pakistan and India would remain unresolved. The Chief Minister said that the President of Pakistan Muslim League-N Muhammad Nawaz Sharif held purposeful negotiations on the Kashmir issue during his prime ministership and a strong hope had arisen regarding solution of the problem but, unfortunately, the democratic government was overthrown and, after imposition of dictatorship in the country, Kashmir issue was consigned to cold storage.
Muhammad Shahbaz Sharif expressed determination that, if Allah gave another opportunity, Pakistan Muslim League-N would again endeavor to resolve the Kashmir issue, after coming into power, besides taking effective and result-oriented steps to ensure right of self-determination for the people of Kashmir. He said that whole Pakistani nation stands shoulder to shoulder with the Kashmiri brethren on the occasion of Kashmir Solidarity Day.