Shehbaz Sharif declines PM's Kashmir referendum proposal

The Nation  |  Jul 24, 2021

PML-N President Shehbaz Sharif has declined Prime Minister Imran Khan's proposal of holding a referendum on Kashmir to decide whether the Kashmiris wanted to live with Pakistan or as an independent nation.

In a statement, the leader of the Opposition in the National Assembly slammed the prime minister, saying Imran Khan Niazi is deviating from Pakistan's historical and constitutional position by proposing a referendum.

He said, "the entire nation rejects anything other than Pakistan's historic position on the Jammu and Kashmir dispute and UN Security Council resolutions."

While addressing an election rally in Tarar Khal on Friday, the PM had promised the people of Kashmir that his government will hold a referendum in which they could choose to join Pakistan or become an independent state.

Shehbaz said that Imran Niazi's statement has proved the concerns that have already come before the nation with the Indian measures of August 5, 2019.

The Jammu and Kashmir dispute will be decided according to a transparent and independent plebiscite held under the auspices of the United Nations, he added.

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The PML-N president 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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