LAHORE: Information Minister Pervaiz Rashid said on Sunday that no one could deprive the Kashmiris of their right to self-determination.
The Kashmir issue, he said, should be highlighted at every forum such as universities, press clubs, business chambers, trade unions and parliament.
He was addressing a seminar on ‘Current Situation in Occupied Kashmir and Role of Media’ organised by Lahore Press Club. Renowned journalists Imtiaz Alam, Arif Nizami, Salman Ghani, Sajjad Mir, PFUJ President Rana Azeem, LPC President Shahbaz Mian and Jawad Faizi also spoke on the occasion.
He said that the South Asia could not afford war any more. “We all have to bury the past as the Europe had done, and make joint efforts for elimination of poverty.”
The Kashmir issue, he stressed, must be resolved in an amicable manner and Kashmiris must be given their due right to decide about their fate.
The minister said slogans regarding Islam and Kashmiris’ freedom had been raised in Pakistan since long only to gain political mileage. He said the media could play an effective role to stop such practices.
Today, Pakistan’s media was being read and viewed across the world with the advent of modern technologies. Therefore, the principled stand on the Kashmir issue must be highlighted to the international community by the Pakistani media, he added.