ISLAMABAD: President Dr Arif Alvi has warned if war is imposed on Pakistan then it will not be a war between two countries but its repercussions will be felt by the entire world. He was addressing as Chief Guest at an impressive flag hoisting ceremony at Jinnah Convention Center in Islamabad today, in connection with the 73rd Independence Day of Pakistan.
Earlier, the Chief Guest President Dr. Arif Alvi hoisted the flag at the ceremony. Chairman Senate, Speaker National Assembly, MNAs, senior military and civilian officials, diplomats and large number of people, including students from various walks of life attended the ceremony
The President said we are for Kashmiris and they are for us. Their plight and affliction affects us. He said Pakistan is today celebrating its independence day as Kashmir solidarity day. We consider woes and pain of Kashmiris our own pain and woes. He reiterated commitment that “ we were and will remain with Kashmiris. The entire Pakistani nation stands with Kashmiris.
He held that we are breathing in free environment due to sacrifices of our national leadership. The minorities in India are now understanding two nations theory. They are realizing that their elders committed mistake by not migrating to Pakistan.
He said immediately after India’s unilateral steps on Kashmir, government of Pakistan suspended bilateral trade with India, downgraded diplomatic relations and decided to take the issue of Kashmir to UN Security Council.
The President said the joint resolution of parliament on 7th of this month condemned the unilateral and illegal steps taken by India to change the disputed status of Kashmir. Pakistan does not accept the efforts to change the demographic composition of occupied territory.
Dr Arif Alvi said India has not only violated the UN resolutions on Kashmir but also threw the agreement of Shimla to dustbin. The Indian act of changing the status quo contravenes the Shimla Agreement.
He said the presence of nine hundred thousand troops has made Kashmir the highest militarized zone. He said the blocking of communication and freedom of expression is a serious violation of human rights of Kashmiris.
The President urged India to stop its brutal treatment of Kashmiris, grant communication access to people and restore civic and social liberties of the people of the occupied territory.
He said India has also been violating the ceasefire agreements by firing and shelling on civilian populations along Line of Control.
He said Pakistan is a peace loving country and wants message of peace in love. It wants to resolve the issue of Kashmir through negotiations and dialogue. However, India should not misunderstand our policy of peace as our weakness.
Dr Arif Alvi said we do not wish war but we will fully defend ourselves if war is imposed on us. The war will not be limited between the countries, rather its impact will be felt in the whole world. He urged India to be reasonable.
The President also asked the nation to fully utilize social media to expose the heinous crimes committed by India against Kashmiris.
President demanded human rights arm of the UN and OIC to constitute an inquiry commission to probe the human rights violations in Occupied Kashmir.
Dr Arif Alvi appealed youth of the nation to value the country as a blessing and never forget the sacrifices of our great leaders. He urged the youth to devote themselves to the development and reconstruction of the country. He also asked them to be proud of their social values.
The President paid rich tributes to sacrifices and dedication of armed forces of Pakistan. He said they have never let any damage done to the country by displaying their courage and professionalism. India government has backtracked from Nehru promises and has thrown Simla agreement in waste papers basket. India is violating ceasefire agreements.
The Occupied Kashmir has turned into the largest military zone of the world due to 9 Lac Indian forces. India cannot muffle voice of people of Kashmir through its nefarious designs. He underlined “Muslim does not want war but if war is imposed then we will not step back . Pakistan is a peace loving country and wants to resolve Kashmir issue through dialogue. He demanded India should shun the way of coercion and terrorism in Occupied Kashmir.
Mashal Malik wife of Hurriyat leader Yasin Malik said India is committing historical genocide in Occupied Kashmir. Indian forces have kept Hurriyat leadership captive.