Tehran 7 Feb 2012:Pakistan’s ambassador to Iran says Islamabad wants a just and peaceful solution of the Kashmir dispute in line with UN Security Council resolutions and the aspirations of the Kashmiris.
Ambassador Khalid Aziz Babar made the remarks during a ceremony commemorating Kashmir Solidarity Day, which was held at the Pakistani Embassy in Tehran on Monday.
“On this day, every year we reiterate our unwavering political, moral, and diplomatic support for the just struggle of our Kashmiri brothers to safeguard their rights, including the right of self-determination, as enshrined in the UN Charter and relevant UN resolutions,” he said.
Ambassador Babar also stated that the Kashmir issue cannot be brushed under the carpet, and India should work with Pakistan to find a just and lasting solution for the dispute.
A cross-section of Iranian scholars, academics, intellectuals, and media representatives and members of the Pakistani community in Tehran attended the function.
Iranian academics Dr. Mohammad Baghai Makan and Dr. Qasim Safi, Mohammad Pirali, who is the managing director of the newspaper Siasat Rooz, and journalist Hamid Golpira, who works for Press TV and the Tehran Times, made speeches on the situation in Kashmir and the Kashmiri people’s liberation struggle.
In his speech, Golpira said, “The key point to take into consideration is that there are UN resolutions that call for the Kashmiris to be given the right to self-determination and the right to have a referendum to determine their own future, so this is part of international law, and we must stress this point.”
Golpira mentioned that he was recently in Islamabad and met some people from the All Parties Hurriyat Conference, which unites the parties working for the liberation of Kashmir. He said he was impressed by the fact that they had “a positive attitude… a very Islamic attitude… a spiritual attitude.”
“We must understand that the struggle is not just political. There are social issues, there are spiritual issues, there are religious issues, and all of this is connected,” he added.
“To support the struggle, we must have the spirit of liberation. I just want to say that we must work for this azadi (freedom) in heart, in spirit, in mind, and physically, to be free and to be in solidarity with the people of Kashmir because if you do not realize this total azadi, there will be no azadi,” he noted.
“So… hopefully we will struggle on in the future for the liberation of Kashmir and all of the oppressed people of this planet,” he said in conclusion.