PR No.27 Islamabad

The Embassy of Pakistan at Washington D.C in USA organized a Seminar to observe the Kashmir Solidarity Day, and to express solidarity and support for the people of Jammu and Kashmir and to highlight the Kashmir issue. Prominent members of Pakistani American and Kashmiri-American communities participated in the seminar. Professor Ahsan Iqbal, Minister for Planning, Development and Reform was the Chief Guest on the occasion, says a press release received here today from Washington D.C.

Professor Ahsan Iqbal in his remarks assured the Kashmiri diaspora of Pakistan’s unwavering commitment to the Kashmir cause. The Minister underscored that the present government has succeeded in an economic turnaround in a short span of three years, making Pakistan stronger. A strong Pakistan can effectively project the cause of Kashmir. He reiterated Pakistan’s resolve never to relent in its moral, political and diplomatic support to the people of Kashmir for the peaceful settlement of the Kashmir dispute.

Ambassador Jalil Abbas Jilani in his comments pointed out the new generation of Kashmiris has risen spontaneously against India’s illegal occupation and they are not deterred by Indian brutalities. He hoped that the sacrifices of Kashmiris for their right of self determination will bear fruit. The international community must demand that India deliver on the commitments on plebiscite to the UN and the World .

Ambassador Taouqir Hussain, Professor at John Hopkins University and Kashmiri-American leaders Prof. Dr. Imtiaz Khan of George Washington University and Dr. Akram Dar of Kashmiri American Council  highlighted various dimensions of the Jammu and Kashmir issue, the legitimate struggle of the oppressed people for their right to self determination and the human rights violations committed by India in Occupied Jammu and Kashmir. They decried the apathy of international community on the plight of Kashmiris who have been subjected to Indian subjugation for three generations.

The leaders and representatives of Kashmiri community expressed appreciation for the commitment of the Government of Pakistan to resolving the Jammu and Kashmir issue.