Pakistan Prez raises Kashmir issue in Independence Day speech

  • Agencies, Islamabad
  • Updated: Aug 14, 2016 23:23 IST
A Kashmiri boy holds the Pakistan flag during celebrations to mark the country’s 70th Independence Day in Srinagar. (Waseem Andrabi/ HT Photo)

Pakistan again raised the Kashmir issue during its 70th Independence Day celebration on Sunday, with President Mamnoon Hussain saying the country will continue to support Kashmiris in their struggle for the right to self-determination.

The Pakistan President’s comment came after high commissioner Abdul Basit reiterated his country’s support for “Kashmir’s freedom”, testing the already strained ties between the two countries over the unrest in the Valley.

Hussain was addressing the people during the flag-hoisting ceremony in Islamabad. In his speech, he covered a range of topics, including the country’s internal challenges and the importance of eliminating militancy.

He also asked the Pakistanis not to forget the people of Kashmir on the Independence Day. “Pakistan cannot forget Kashmiris and would continue to support them to get right of self-determination in light of the UN resolution,” he said.

The President urged the people to shun differences and work for the prosperity of the country.

Prime Minister Nawaz Sharif, cabinet ministers and service chiefs attended the ceremony, which took place amid tight security. Mobile phone service was suspended in about 40 cities for security reasons, while internet services were partially suspended.

With PTI inputs

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