Independence option for Kashmir

Dawn | Jul 25, 2021 at 9:04 AM
  • PRIME MINISTER Imran Khan has reminded the people of Jammu & Kashmir that once they have acceded to Pakistan after the UN-mandated referendum in light of the UN Security Council resolutions, Islamabad would grant them the right to an independent status if a majority so desired.
  • Mr Khan’s statement is fully compliant with the Constitution and is in fact timed well to send a message to the people of India-held Kashmir and AJK that Pakistan will respect their right of self-determination.
  • The prime minister’s statement is also a welcome reaffirmation of the fact that Pakistan does not see the Kashmir dispute as a conflict over territory, but in terms of the UN-mandated right of self-determination for the people of the state.