Kashmiris observe Right to Self-Determination Day 

 
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Srinagar, Jan. 5 (TNS): Kashmiris on both sides of the Line of Control and the world over are observing Right to Self-Determination Day, Friday (January 5), with renewed pledge to continue their liberation struggle till it reaches its ultimate goal.

It was on this day in 1949 when UN Security Council passed a resolution supporting the Kashmiris’ right to decide their future by themselves through UN-sponsored plebiscite.

In Azad Kashmir, the main function of the day was held in Muzaffarabad.

The Kashmiri people observe this day to draw the world’s attention towards the long standing issue besides sensitising the global community about early resolution of the lingering conflict. The people on both sides of the divided Kashmiri state held seminars, public rallies and processions to highlight the importance of the day.

The events were held to reiterate the long cherished demand of making a decision of choice under the spirit of the UN resolutions on the disputed territory besides renewal of the pledge to continue their indigenous struggle with full vigour till achievement of their fundamental right.

Addressing a rally speakers representing different spheres of life highlighted the importance of the day to remind the UN for early implementation of its resolutions to pave the way for peaceful settlement of the much-delayed Kashmir issue in line with the aspirations of the Kashmiri people.

In a statement issued in Srinagar, All Parties Hurriyat Conference leader Syed Ali Shah Geelani has said that India cannot deny the legitimacy and authenticity of the UN resolutions as these stand witness that political destiny of Jammu Kashmir was yet to be decided. He said that the UN resolutions formed basics and guaranteed the peaceful and amicable settlement of the issue as per the aspirations of the Kashmiri people.

Commenting over the resolution passed on January 5, 1949, he said that even after seven decades these resolutions were viable and provide a peaceful and durable solution for the long-standing issue. He expressed dismay over the role of the UN and said that it was painful that this institution failed to implement its resolution.

“It is unfortunate that it couldn’t contain the arrogant forces like India which is trampling all ethics in Jammu Kashmir and causing continuous uncertainty in the region,” he said. Citing examples and procedures adopted in Croatia, East Timor and South Sudan, he said that the peace of South Asia and the entire world would remain under severe threat if the UN failed to play its role in the settlement.