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India must read writing on the wall in Kashmir: Pak

August 19, 2010 16:29 IST

Needling India, Pakistan on Thursday said that Kashmiri people were resolved to get their right to self-determination and New Delhi should read the 'writing on the wall.'

"It is our firm belief that when (the Kashmiri) people are willing to make the ultimate sacrifice for their cause, then nothing can stop them from reaching their destination," Foreign Office spokesman Abdul Basit told the weekly news briefing.

In provocative comments, Basit also spoke about Indian forces 'brutally' trying to deal with the agitation in the Valley.

The Kashmiri people were 'resolved to get their right to self-determination no matter how brutally Indian security forces try to suppress their legitimate struggle,' Basit said.

He was responding to a question on Prime Minister Manmohan Singh's call to agitating Kashmiri youth to end violent protests as they would not benefit anyone.

Pakistan, which has raised hackles in New Delhi by commenting on the internal situation in the Valley, believes 'it is high time that India reads the writing on the wall,' Basit said.

The government and people of Pakistan will 'continue to stand by the people of Jammu and Kashmir through thick and thin by providing full diplomatic and moral support to their struggle,' he added.

India has accused Pakistan of backing the violent protests that recently erupted in Jammu and Kashmir after a youth died when he was hit by a teargas canister.

Islamabad has denied the charge and said Kashmiri people are waging a struggle on their won to achieve the right to self-determination.

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