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Imran demands ‘right of Kashmiris to self-determination’ in first remarks on border truce

Stating that the onus of creating an “enabling environment” for further progress in bilateral relations rests with New Delhi, Pakistan Prime Minister Imran Khan on Saturday welcomed the ceasefire agreement with India.

“I welcome restoration of the ceasefire along the LoC. The onus of creating an enabling environment for further progress rests with India. India must take necessary steps to meet the long-standing demand & right of the Kashmiri people to self-determination according to UNSC resolutions,” Khan tweeted.

The tweet was his first reaction since the militaries of India and Pakistan jointly announced on Thursday that they have agreed to strictly observe all agreements on the ceasefire along the Line of Control and other sectors.

“We have always stood for peace & remain ready to move forward to resolve all outstanding issues through dialogue,” Khan said in a series of tweets.

Staying away from mentioning its stated line, on Thursday, India said it desires normal neighbourly relations with Pakistan and is committed to resolving all issues bilaterally in a peaceful manner.

“On relations with Pakistan, as we have said earlier, India desires normal neighbourly relations with Pakistan. We have always maintained that we are committed to addressing issues, if any, in a peaceful and bilateral manner,” India’s foreign ministry said.

India and Pakistan issued a joint statement on Thursday to strictly observe all agreements on a ceasefire along the LoC and other sectors after the hotline discussions by their Director Generals of Military Operations.

India and Pakistan signed a ceasefire agreement in 2003, but it has hardly been followed in letter and spirit over the past several years.

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