ISLAMABAD: Minister for Information, Broadcasting and National Heritage Senator Pervaiz Rashid said on Wednesday that if Pakistan Tehreek-e-Insaf chief Imran Khan wanted to resume the talks process from the point it was stalled, then he would have to abandon the plan to shut down Karachi & Lahore, and return to his container at D-Chowk.
The container, he said, was presenting a deserted look as Imran was visiting various cities. After putting Faisalabad on fire, he had plans to paralyse Lahore and Karachi, said the minister while talking to newsmen here.
Replying to a question, he said Leader of Opposition in the National Assembly Khursheed Shah was a respectable person and the government would act upon his advice regarding resumption of talks with the PTI.
About the constitution of judicial commission to probe alleged irregularities in 2013 general election, he said it would be formed when environment would become conducive and its members would feel that they would not be abused and their decisions would be accepted.
Earlier speaking at a function organized by All Party Hurriyat Conference in connection with international human rights day, the minister, who also has the portfolio of the Ministry of Law, Justice and Human Rights, said the resolution of Kashmir dispute was in interest of India, Pakistan, Kashmir and the entire region as it would harbinger peace and economic prosperity in the region.
Peaceful settlement of the long standing issue would allow both Pakistan and India to divert their national resources towards the welfare of their masses, he added.
He said as per United Nations Human Rights Charter right of self-determination of all nations had to be respected. Moreover, he said,that United Nations passed several resolutions for granting right to self-determination to Kashmir is and both India and Pakistan were their signatories.
The minister said that Pakistan always reminded India and the United Nations their pledge to the people of Kashmir and Prime Minister Nawaz Sharif in his recent speech at the UN General Assembly session reiterated the same resolve and pledge.
Pervaiz Rashid reminded the Indian leadership that their great leader and first prime minister Jawahar Lal Nehru had made a pledge with the UN and Kashmir people that the Kashmir is would be granted right to self-determination through a free and fair plebiscite.
“If India fulfils the promise of Nehru, it will give relief to his soul,” he added.
The minister said with regard to human rights day, he would pray that may the Almighty end Kashmir is tribulations so that they could live peacefully.