Zardari reiterates support to people of occupied Kashmir

Asks international community to put pressure on India to end human rights violations by its security forces.

ISLAMABAD: President Asif Ali Zardari on Tuesday reiterated Pakistan’s commitment to continue extending  moral, political and diplomatic support to the people of Indian occupied Kashmir till the attainment of their right to self-determination.

He was talking to Prime Minister of Azad Jammu and Kashmir (AJK) Anwarul Haq who met him at Aiwan-e-Sadr Islamabad.

Condemning human rights violations and the atrocities being committed by the Indian occupation forces in IIOJK, he called upon the international community to put pressure on India to end human rights violations being committed by its security forces and implement the UN Security Council resolutions.

The President also discussed the overall situation of AJK besides talking about issues related to the development of Azad Jammu and Kashmir.

President Zardari said AJK was blessed with immense potential for tourism and a beautiful landscape which needed to be fully developed to attract tourists. He added that strengthening AJK’s tourism sector would help in its socioeconomic uplift as well as generate economic activities in the area.

He said Pakistan would provide all possible support and assistance to facilitate investment in the diverse areas of AJK’s economy, especially the tourism sector.

The president remarked that the youth of AJK needed to be equipped with the latest skills and education to enable them to find gainful employment, besides contributing to AJK’s development. He said Pakistan could assist the government of AJK in benefiting from the carbon credit markets.

The prime minister requested the president to visit AJK and address the AJK Legislative Assembly.

The president also expressed grief over the loss of precious human lives during the recent rain-related incidents in different parts of Azad Jammu and Kashmir and hoped that the AJK government would help the affected families.

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