Muzaffarabad, 22 May 2023 (TDI): Pakistan’s Foreign Minister, Bilawal Bhutto Zardari, is visiting Azad Jammu and Kashmir (AJK). He arrived in Muzaffarabad yesterday and was received by the President of the People’s Party, Azad Kashmir Raja Yasin.
This visit is to show solidarity with the people of Azad Jammu and Kashmir and reaffirm Pakistan’s commitment to providing unprecedented diplomatic, political, and moral support to the people of Kashmir throughout their struggle for self-determination.
During his visit, the Foreign Minister had a meeting with a delegation of refugees from Indian-occupied Kashmir (IOK). He was briefed about the brutality of the Indian Army against the people of the IOK.
The delegates discussed the circumstances due to which they were compelled to move to AJK. The participants also expressed their reservations about the G20 meeting, which is going to take place in IOK.
The Foreign Minister also addressed the members of the Legislative Assembly of Azad Jammu and Kashmir, which makes him the first Pakistani Foreign Minister to address the Legislative Assembly of AJK.
In his address, Zardari thanked the Speaker of the Legislative Assembly for giving him a chance to talk to the learned members of the Assembly and said that India is desperately trying to convince the world that Kashmir is an undisputed part of her territory, but history remembers that it was India that took this matter to the United Nations Security Council, which is in dispute and yet to be resolved.
He also added that India’s denial of the right of the Kashmiri people to self-determination is a blatant violation of international law, and India should fulfill its obligation to the UN Security Council.
Pakistan stands with the people of Kashmir and expects the international community to play an active role in the resolution of this dispute and help the Kashmiri people obtain their rights to self-determination.
This visit was of great significance, especially when India is trying to normalize the controversial action of August 2019 by hosting the G-20 meeting in IOK.
While many countries have already either boycotted the event or skipped their registration, which symbolizes the world’s concern about the Kashmir dispute.
This visit also reinforces Pakistan’s position on the upcoming G-20 meeting and the Kashmir conflict.