Help Kashmiris, Pakistani envoy urges int’l community


By Waqar Naseem Wamiq

The international community should pay attention to the crimes being committed by India on the defenseless Kashmiri people and help the Kashmiris get their right to self-determination, Pakistani Ambassador Raja Ali Ejaz has said.

The ambassador was addressing an event commemorating the Defense Day of Pakistan in solidarity with Kashmir. The program was attended by the commander in chief of Islamic Military Counter Terrorism Coalition (IMCTC) Gen. (Retd) Raheel Sharif, Defense Attachè Brig. Haroon Ishaq Raja, Saudi dignitaries, ambassadors, diplomats and military attachès of various countries, Pakistani diplomatic staff and representatives of the armed forces, international and Pakistani community representatives and media persons.

“”The international community must address the Kashmir issue so that the Kashmiris can get their right to self-determination. India is trying to make a genocide under the disguise of curfew. Kashmiris are defenseless and they are being imprisoned in their own homes from more than last one month, the Indian army is shelling the civilians and people of Azad Kashmir. These are inhuman acts and the world should pay attention to these crimes and help the needy people of occupied Kashmir,” the ambassador said.

"Pakistan valued the sacrifices of its gallant armed forces, The whole nation is behind our brave soldiers. Our soldiers are the sons of our soil and they will protect every inch of it, they had proven their skills, talent and bravery during the successful operation Zarb-e-Azab and operation Rad-Al-Fasad against terrorism. We are so proud of our armed forces,” the envoy added.

Pakistani Defense Attaché Brig. Haroon Ishaq Raja said, "We stand here to acknowledge and honor the sacrifices of soldiers of Pakistan, which they have rendered and are rendering in defense of our beloved country. Defense Day remind us of the unwavering resolve and matchless sacrifices of our gallant men and women to defend the motherland against any aggression. We pay tribute to our martyrs who etched a golden leaf in our history of unflinching tenacity, insurmountable courage and supreme sacrifice.

"On this day we also remember the sacrifices rendered by the people of the occupied Kashmir who are subject to injustice and atrocities for the past seven decades. Kashmir is the unfinished agenda of the partition in the sub-continent. Enduring peace in the region is not possible without a just resolution of the Kashmir issue in line with UN resolution and wishes of the Kashmiris,” Brig. Haroon concluded.