ISLAMABAD

Islamabad will give the right to Kashmiris to choose between joining Pakistan or remaining independent if they vote in favor of Pakistan during a future UN-promised plebiscite, the country’s prime minister said on Friday.

Addressing thousands of Kashmiris at a rally in the Pakistani-administered Azad Jammu and Kashmir, Imran Khan said: “When the residents of Indian-occupied Kashmir, as well as Azad Kashmir, get the right to self-determination, and when Kashmiris will choose Pakistan InshAllah, then Pakistan will give Kashmiris the right to decide whether they want to be a part of Pakistan or remain independent.

“I want to tell people of occupied Kashmir that the whole Pakistan stands with occupied Kashmir … not just Pakistan but whole Muslim world stands with people of occupied Kashmir,” he added, referring to Indian-administered Jammu and Kashmir.

Khan said he will continue to remind the UN of its promises made on Kashmir regarding the right to self-determination.

*Riyaz ul Khaliq contributed to this story from Ankara

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