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Saturday 23rd October 2021 / 17 Rabiulawal 1443

India will have to give Kashmiris right to self-determination: PM Khan

Prime Minister Imran Khan said gave message on the occasion of Defence and Martyrs Day. Source: APP/PM's Office.

Prime Minister Imran Khan said gave message on the occasion of Defence and Martyrs Day. Source: APP/PM's Office.

ISLAMABAD: Prime Minister Imran Khan has stated that India will have to give Kashmiris their due right to self-determination, under the UN Security Council resolutions; the sooner the better.

“On our part, we will continue to expose the real face of radicalized India”, Imran Khan said in his message on the occasion of Defence and Martyrs Day (September 6).

The prime minister said that due to the present government’s proactive diplomacy, the international community was now convinced that the persecution of minorities across India and the atrocities unleashed on innocent Kashmiris in Illegally Occupied Jammu and Kashmir must end forthwith.

“The saner international elements do recognise our role for peace”, he added. However, he reiterated that “our desire for peace must not be misconstrued as weakness rather it must be reciprocated for sake of economic wellbeing and peoples’ prosperity in the entire region.”

PM Imran Khan said that living nations came out stronger and harder in the face of challenges. The Pakistani nation stood out too, strong and resolute when the enemy in 1965 War challenged our existence, he added.

The prime minister recalled that when India on 6 September initiated an undeclared war against Pakistan, the whole nation came out to the support of its defenders; many even started marching towards the border with bare hands.

“Such a display of national unity galvanized the already spirited armed forces in their fearless fight against the enemy, which has no parallel in history,” he remarked.

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He said that the gallant soldiers and officers, pilots and sailors proved to the world that they were ever ready to defend every inch of the homeland at all costs. They fought bravely and did not care for their own lives and defended the frontiers by offering supreme sacrifice, he mentioned.

“This magnificent day, the 6th of September, comes each year to let us pay rich tributes in particular to our heroes, the Ghazis and Shuhada, and the gallant armed forces overall, who have always been nation’s hope and pride.”

“We salute the valiant sons of soil for laying down their precious lives in defence of their country. We pay homage to the families of Shuhada for sacrificing their loved ones in the defence of motherland”, Imran Khan maintained.

He pointed out that unfortunately, in the past India constantly perpetrated terrorism against Pakistan, using Afghan soil to create unrest in Pakistan.

“On this day we not only condemn those involved in such heinous acts but also pay special tributes to our valiant Armed Forces who have rendered invaluable sacrifices for our motherland”, he said, adding, the world must hold India accountable for its rogue behavior.

“We commend the proactive and timely response of our security forces; India today stands exposed before the world community for its bid to hamper peace in the region, especially with reference to Pakistan.”

“My message on this day to the valiant Armed Forces is that together we have come a long way in the struggle for making Pakistan’s defence strong and impregnable”, he added.

The prime minister said that the resilient Pakistani nation and battle-hardened armed forces have time and again proved that they were fully capable of defending the country and ready to meet any kind of eventuality.

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