UNGA’s adoption of Pakistan-sponsored resolution a hope for IIOJK people: FO

Islamabad, December 17 (KMS): The Foreign Office on Friday said the adoption of Pakistan-sponsored resolution by consensus of United Nations General Assembly would provide people of Indian illegally occupied Jammu and Kashmir (IIOJK) a hope in their just struggle for self-determination and freedom from Indian oppression and occupation.

According to Kashmir Media Service, the Pakistan-sponsored resolution entitled ‘Universal Realization of the Right of the Peoples to Self-Determination’ was adopted by consensus by the United Nations General Assembly in New York. It was co-sponsored by 72 countries from all regions.

The FO said due to the universal character of the right to self-determination and its continued applicability in situations of foreign occupation and intervention, the resolution secured the support of all UN member states.

“This annual affirmation by the General Assembly serves to preserve the legitimacy of the freedom struggle of peoples under colonial and foreign occupation,” it said.

The FO said adoption of resolution offered hope that destinies would be decided in accordance with the principles of justice enshrined in the UN Charter, UN resolutions and international law.

Meanwhile, Hurriyat AJK leader, Abdul Hameed Lone in a statement in Islamabad, welcoming the resolution said, it unequivocally supports the right to self-determination. He added that the resolution had endorsed the Kashmiris’ freedom movement.

The General Assembly resolution, he said, emphasized the importance of removing obstacles to the realization of the right to self-determination. The resolution strongly opposes the foreign military intervention, aggression and occupation, and the UN General Assembly calls on these countries to immediately end military intervention in foreign countries and territories, he maintained.