Pakistan will never accept Indian hegemony in region: Aziz tells NA

ISLAMABAD: Adviser to the Prime Minister (PM) on Foreign Affairs Sartaj Aziz on Friday told lawmakers in the National Assembly that the Kashmir issue would only be resolved through indigenous movements within India-held Kashmir led by the younger generation.


Aziz said Pakistan would continue extending political, diplomatic and moral support to the Kashmiri cause on international and bilateral forums.

“We have been taking our diplomatic campaign forward with zeal since Prime Minister Nawaz’s speech regarding the Kashmir issue in the United Nations General Assembly.

Pakistan is willing to hold a dialogue with India on all issues, on the condition that the Kashmir dispute is brought to the table and a resolution sought in accordance with United Nations resolutions, Aziz said.

He added that Pakistan “will respond in kind to any Indian violence as we have the capability to defend our borders.”

Tension between the two countries is again at a peak following an alleged Indian ‘surgical strike’, unrest in Kashmir and the Uri army base attack in September.

Since then there have been repeated outbreaks of cross-border firing in Kashmir, with both sides reporting deaths and injuries including of civilians.