ISLAMABAD, Aug 04 (APP):
Prime Minister Imran Khan Tuesday unveiled a political map of Pakistan at a ceremony here, saying the whole political leadership of the country, Federal Cabinet and the Kashmiri leadership fully endorsed it.
Speaking on the occasion, he said the new map clearly showed the Indian Illegally Occupied Jammu and Kashmir (IIOJK) as a disputed territory whose fate should be resolved only through implementation of the United Nations Security Council resolutions, guaranteeing the Kashmiris their right to self-determination.
Terming it a historic day in the country’s history, he said the only resolution to the IIOJK issue should be sought out in accordance with the UNSC resolutions, sentiments of the Pakistani nation and the Kashmiri people.
“Once again, we clearly tell the world that the only resolution to the IIOJK issue is political as there is no other way,” he said, denouncing the Indian government’s illegal action of August 5 last year which clearly negated the UNSC resolutions and the international laws.
The members of the Federal Cabinet were present during the ceremony televised live by Pakistan Television Corporation.
The prime minister said the new map reflected the sentiments of Pakistani nation, the principled stance of Kashmiris for their just right to self-determination and clear negation of the illegal annexation by the Indian government.
The prime minister regretted that the UNSC resolutions, which had clearly assured the Kashmiri people to exercise their right to self-determination, had not been implemented so far.
He also reassured the nation and the Kashmiri people that his government would continue highlighting the issue forcefully at all global fora.
The IIOJK issue would be resolved soon and the map was a step towards that destination, he added.
The prime minister said nurturing of ideas always led to the achievement of goals and cited his cricket career, which led the Pakistan team to win the World Cup, helped him construct the Shaukat Khanum Memorial Hospital and led the Pakistan Tehreek-I-Insaf party to power.
Speaking on the occasion, Foreign Minister Makhdoom Shah Mahmood Qureshi said the whole nation, the Kashmiri people and especially the prime minister deserved felicitation because for the first time a political map of the country clearly showing its borders was approved by the Federal Cabinet with complete backing of all the political parties.
Previously such a map was limited to closed doors only, but for the first time, it was openly brought before the world, he added.