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 Bilawal asks Imran govt to stress on Kashmir plebiscite

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 Oct 3 (IANS) Pakistan Peo¬≠plesParty (PPP) chairman Bilawal Bhutto-Zardari has urged the government ofPakistan to lay more emphasis on the right to self-determination of Kashmiripeople through a plebiscite, guaranteed by the United Nations resolutions, Dawnnewpaper reported.

Addressing a press conference on Wednesday atthe residence of former Azad Jammu and Kashmir prime minister Chaudhry AbdulMajeed in the lakeside city of Mirpur, where he arrived to meet the earthquakevictims, he said his party would try its best to raise a forceful voice forthis right of the Kashmiris at every forum.

"It''s the right of every Kashmiri todecide his future on his own free accord. And the only way for it is aplebiscite in accordance with the United Nations resolutions," saidBhutto-Zardari, according to the report.

"The government''s viewpoint is that theprime minister made the best speech (at the UNGA). Perhaps it was a goodspeech. But the PPP believes is that our emphasis should have been on that(August 5) historical attack.

"Climate change, money laundering...these all are important issues but the biggest issue was the imprisonment ofthe entire Kashmiri population since August 5 and this should have been focusedby the PM," he added.

According to the Dawn report, the PPP chairmanearlier visited the Divisional Headquarters Hospital to inquire after thehealth of earthquake victims, besides visiting an affected area for first-handinformation on the scale of the devastation and condition of the survivors.

Responding to a question at the pressconference, he demanded that the federal government provide compensation to theearthquake victims in accordance with the rest of Pakistan.

"We demand that the compensation shouldbe given in line with the damages whose assessment is not a difficult task. Weknow that the federal government has enough money," he said.

AJK Prime Minister Raja Farooq Haidertelephoned the PPP chairman and expressed his gratitude for visiting thequake-hit area, according to a press release.

In response, Bhutto-Zardari told him that he,his party and Sindh government were ready to extend all possible assistance tothe quake victims.

He said he had asked the Sindh government tocooperate with the AJK government on rehabilitation and reconstructionprogramme in the affected areas.