Shehbaz rejects PM’s proposal of referendum on Kashmir

The Nation  |  Jul 25, 2021

ISLAMABAD   -   President Pakistan Muslim League-Nawaz (PML-N) and Leader of the Opposition in National Assembly Shehbaz Sharif Saturday rejected the proposal of Prime Minister Imran Khan that Islamabad would hold a referendum asking Kashmiris whether they wanted to live with Pakistan or as an independent nation. 

Earlier this week, the PM while addressing two election rallies in Azad Jammu & Kashmir (AJK) had said that Pakistan would grant Kashmiris the right to live as an independent nation through a referendum if they accede to Pakistan through the United Nations-sponsored plebiscite. 

The opposition PNL-N leader in a statement criticized PM Imran Khan and said that the premier “is deviating from Pakistan’s historical and constitutional position by proposing a referendum in AJK.” 

“The entire nation rejects any stance other than Pakistan’s historic position on the Jammu and Kashmir dispute and UN Security Council resolutions,” he said. 

Bangladesh plans to vaccinate 80% people by early 2022 Shehbaz said that the prime minister’s statement has proved the concerns that had already arisen with the Indian government’s steps of August 5, 2019 in Indian Illegally Occupied Jammu & Kashmir (IIOJK). 

The Jammu and Kashmir dispute will be decided under a transparent and independent plebiscite to be held with the backing of the United Nations and this is the position of the people of Pakistan and Kashmir, he also said.

The opposition leader said that imposing a solution on Kashmiris without their consent and consultation is “tantamount to helping India and betraying the Kashmir cause”.

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