Shehbaz Sharif, the leader of the Pakistan Muslim League-Nawaz (PML-N), has rejected Prime Minister Imran Khan’s plan to organise a referendum on Kashmir to determine if Kashmiris want to live with Pakistan or as an independent nation.
In a statement released today, the Leader of the Opposition in the National Assembly blasted Prime Minister Imran Khan Niazi, claiming that by suggesting a referendum, he is diverging from Pakistan’s historical and constitutional position.
“Anything other than Pakistan’s historic attitude on the Jammu and Kashmir conflict and UN Security Council resolutions is rejected by the entire nation,” Shehbaz remarked in a scathing rebuttal to PM Khan’s remarks at AJK rallies.
On Friday, the Prime Minister told the people of Kashmir that his government would hold a referendum in which they could choose whether to join Pakistan or become an independent state while speaking at an electoral rally in Tarar Khal.
“……What I want to emphasise right now is that in 1948, the United Nations Security Council passed two resolutions granting the people of Kashmir the right to select their own fate. People must determine whether they wish to join Hindustan or Pakistan, according to UN resolutions “the prime minister had stated.
“Today, I’d like to explain something for all of you. InshaAllah, a day will come when the people of Kashmir’s sacrifices will not be in vain. That right will be granted to you by God. InshaAllah, there will be a referendum.”
Imran Niazi’s statement, according to Shehbaz, has proven the issues that have already been brought to the nation’s attention with the Indian measures of August 5, 2019.
“The Jammu and Kashmir problem will be resolved through a transparent and independent plebiscite held under the auspices of the United Nations, and this is the people of Pakistan and Kashmir’s viewpoint.”
Imposing a solution on Kashmiris without their approval and consultation, according to the PML-N president, is equal to aiding India and abandoning the Kashmir cause.
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