Pak support to Kashmiris’ just struggle to continue: Basit
Says Kashmiris’ aspirations can neither be ignored nor back-burnered; Indian MEA says ‘Paksponsored terrorism’ in J & Kashmir to be subject of August23-24 NSAs level talks
ISLAMABAD: Celebrating its 69th Independence Day on Friday, Pakistan vowed to continue to support the legitimate struggle of Kashmiris irrespective of the time it takes for them to achieve their goal, a day after it had announced acceptance of India’s invitation for a meeting between the National Security Advisors (NSAs) in New Delhi.
At the same time, Islamabad emphasised that it always desired normal and cooperative relations with India and it was also essential to create a congenial bilateral environment by eschewing stereotypes and self-serving propaganda.
“No matter how much more time does their legitimate struggle take, Pakistan will never abandon Kashmiris and their cause.
It is necessary to settle all the outstanding issues, particularly the Jammu and Kashmir dispute.
The aspirations of the people of Jammu and Kashmir could neither be ignored nor put on the back burner”, said Pakistan’s High Commissioner Abdul Basit at the flag raising ceremony in New Delhi on Friday.
As if a reminder was needed that the failure to
solve the Kashmir issue was taking lives on a daily basis, the Independence Day saw the Indian Border Security Force (BSF) open ‘unprovoked firing’ at the Line of Control (LoC) in Nezapir sector of Rawalakot.
Reacting to Abdul Basit’s statement about Pakistan’s assurance of continued support to the Kashmiris’ legitimate struggle, the Indian External Affairs Ministry (MEA) spokesman Vikas Swarup tweeted: “Pakistan-sponsored terrorism in Jammu and Kashmir will be the subject of August 23-24 India-Pakistan NSA-level talks.”
Meanwhile, Abdul Basit spoke in Delhi, not too far away in Bachpora area outside Srinagar, the Indian government was also given a reminder by Hurriyat leader Asiya Andrabi, head of Dukhtaran-e-Millat, by hoisting the Pakistani flag and singing the country’s national anthem with a group of women as they celebrated Pakistan’s Independence Day in the Indian Occupied Kashmir.