Dated 2019-04-23

Pakistan Ups the Ante on Kashmir




Pakistani Prime Minister addressing the Hurriyat representatives in Muzaffarabad today.

Kashmir Newsline

Islamabad, April 4

Pakistan Prime Minister Shahid Khaqan Abbasi chaired the 20th meeting of the National Security Committee (NSC) held at Prime Minister’s House today. The meeting was attended by Minister for Foreign Affairs Khawaja Muhammad Asif, Minister for Interior Ahsan Iqbal, Miftah Ismail, Adviser to the Prime Minister on Finance, Revenue & Economic Affairs, Chairman Joint Chiefs of Staff Committee General Zubair Mahmood Hayat, Chief of Army Staff General Qamar Javed Bajwa, Chief of Naval Staff Admiral Zafar Mahmood Abbasi, Chief of Air Staff Air Chief Marshal Mujahid Anwar Khan, Director General ISI Lt Gen Naveed Mukhtar, National Security Adviser Lt Gen (rtd) Nasser Khan Janjua and senior civil and military officials.

The Committee condemned the recent “reign of terror unleashed by the Indian Security Forces in Indian Occupied Jammu and Kashmir.”  The official handout issued to the press read: “The continued inhuman and incessant use of pellet guns against innocent protestors and funeral processions by occupation force has once again resulted in injuries to hundreds and blinding of scores of Kashmiris.”

The National Security Committee praised the “extraordinary courage and resilience of Kashmiri people in the face of Indian brutalities, gross and systematic violations of all their human rights.” The committee observed that “the purely indigenous character of this uprising has once again belied the false propaganda by the Indian government.” The committee reiterated Pakistan’s commitment to political, diplomatic and moral support for the people of Jammu and Kashmir.

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According to the communiqué, the committee decided to raise the issue of “unprecedented Indian brutalities” at both bilateral and multilateral fora.

Prime Minister Abbasi also met with the representatives of All Parties Hurriyat Conference in Muzaffarabad today. Hurriyat Conference representatives included Ghulam Muhammad Safi, Syed Faiz Naqshbandi, Mehmood Ahmed Saghar, Syed Ejaz Rehmani, Shamim Shaal and Ishtiaq Hameed. Representatives of All Parties Hurriyat Conference thanked PM Abbasi for meeting them and highlighting the human rights violations in Kashmir. The Hurriyat representatives stressed upon the need to enhance the diplomatic efforts and sensitise the international community on Kashmir crisis.

“Government and people of Pakistan have always supported the implementation of UNSC Resolutions that call for right of self-determination to the people of Kashmir,” said Prime Minister Abbasi.

“I and my cabinet members are here to express solidarity with the people of Kashmir. All political parties are united on Kashmir issue. We strongly condemn the brutalities inflicted by Indian forces on innocent and unarmed people of Kashmir,” said Abbasi.

He said that Pakistan’s Foreign Office and all diplomatic missions abroad are at all times propagating for the implementation of UNSC resolutions on Kashmir. “I myself have highlighted the Kashmir issue in all my meetings at UN and OIC,” he said.

According to an official press release, the Prime Minister appreciated “the efforts and sacrifices of All Parties Hurriyat Conference for continuously highlighting the human rights violations and putting a brave resistance to the Indian atrocities.”

The Prime Minister said: “The Government of Pakistan will send envoys to six important capitals to highlight the brutalities of Indian forces. The government, people and all political parties of Pakistan will continue to vigorously provide moral, diplomatic and political support to the Kashmir cause.”

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The meeting was also attended by Foreign Minister Khawaja Muhammad Asif, Minster for Kashmir Affairs Chaudhry Barjees Tahir, Minister for Climate Change Mushahidullah Khan, Minister for Defence Production Rana Tanveer, Minister for Human Rights Mumtaz Ahmad Tarar and Chairman of the Special Committee of the Parliament on Kashmir Maulana Fazl-ur-Rehman. President of AJ&K Sardar Masood Khan, Prime Minister of AJ&K Raja Muhammad Farooq Haider Khan, Speaker AJ&K Legislative Assembly Shah Ghulam Qadir and other senior officials.

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