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(27-07-2000)

Kashmiris are best judge to carry forward their struggle: FO Spokesman

ISLAMABAD, July 27 (APP): Reaffirming Pakistan’s full support to the Kashmir struggle, the Foreign Office Spokesman Wednesday said Islamabad has no control over the Kashmiri freedom fighters and they are the best judge on how to carry forward their movement under certain circumstances. "Kashmiri leadership is the best judge how they proceed in certain circumstances. It is for the freedom fighters in Kashmir how best to carry forward their struggle. We support the Kashmiris’ struggle for the right of self- determination," he said at a regular briefing at Foreign Office here. He said Islamabad recognized the All Parties Hurriat Conference (APHC) as the " sole representative of Kashmiri people." To a question if Pakistan looked at the decision by Hizbul Mujahideen, (one of the groups waging freedom struggle in Indian Occupied Kashmir) to have a cease-fire as a disturbing development, he said, "Pakistan does not exercise control over the Kashmir freedom fighters.

It is for them to determine how they want to carry forward their struggle. We want that they should succeed in getting the right of self-determination. How the political dimension of freedom struggle is carried forward, it is entirely upto Kashmiri people and their leadership." Replying to another query, he said, it was for the various elements of freedom struggle and the Kashmir leadership to assess the situation and," our assessment will be guided by their assessment." FO Spokesman dismissed the linkage of the announcement by Hizbul Mujahideen with the visit of Chinese Foreign Minister Tang Jiaxuan who will depart from Lahore today. Pakistan, he said, had offered India an un-conditional dialogue to discuss the Kashmir issue," at any time, any place and at any level". It is for India to respond to it, said the FO Spokesman. The Kashmir leaders should also be included in these talks. "Whenever dialogue is resumed, it is our hope that it will be meaningful and result-oriented," said the Spokesman.