We are with Kashmiris and they are for us: President Alvi
President Dr Arif Alvi has said that we are for Kashmiris and they are for us, adding that their plight and affliction affects us.
He was addressing as Chief Guest at a flag hoisting ceremony at Jinnah Convention Center in Islamabad today, in connection with the 73rd Independence Day of Pakistan.
The President reiterated Pakistan’s commitment to always stand with its Kashmiri brethren in their just right to self-determination.
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.
Dr Arif Alvi said India has not only violated the UN resolutions on Kashmir but also threw the agreement of Shimla to dustbin.
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 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.
Earlier, the Chief Guest President Dr. Arif Alvi hosted 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.