Kashmir became flashpoint after Burhan Wani martyrdom, says PM341 views
ISLAMABAD: Prime Minister Nawaz Sharif on Monday said Kashmir turned into a flashpoint following Burhan Wani was martyred by Indian security forces in the Occupied Kashmir.
In his welcome address to the participants of meeting of parliamentary leaders at Prime Minister Secretariat, he called upon United Nations to play a due role in resolution of Kashmir dispute.
The PM Sharif said it is a welcome sign that the entire nation is united over the issue of Kashmir and expressed hope that all the leaders will table significant proposals and recommendations in this connection.
“We will forge ahead for the sake of defence of our homeland,” he added.
Earlier, advisor on national security Nasser Khan Janjua presented an exhaustive report on LoC situation saying India violated the control line thrice within the three days.
Earlier, flanked by other party leaders, PM Sharif received the participants of the meeting at PM Secretariat.
It is pertinent to note here that leaders of all parliamentary parties in the National Assembly, except Sheikh Rashid of Awami Muslim League, have been invited to attend this vital meeting.
Chairman Pakistan People’s Party Bilawal Bhutto Zardari is heading a delegation of his party and Shah Mehmood Qureshi is leading the PTI men.
It should be mentioned here that Shah Mehmood Qureshi from Pakistan Tehreek-e-Insaf (PTI), Ghulam Ahmad Bilour of Awami National Party (ANP), Farooq Sattar and Khalid Maqbool Siddiqui of Muttahida Qaumi Movement-Pakistan (MQM-Pakistan), Siraj-ul-Haq and Sahibzada Tariq Ullah of Jamaat-e-Islami, Bilawal Bhutto Zardari, Khursheed Shah, Naveed Qamar and Sherry Rehman of Pakistan People’s Party, Kamil Ali Agha of Pakistan Muslim League-Quaid (PML-Q) and other leaders will attend today’s meeting.
Crucial Capital Meet: Pakistan plans clear message to world on Kashmir
Prime Minister Nawaz Sharif and heads of parliamentary parties are meeting on Monday to discuss developing violent situation in Indian-held Kashmir and mounting escalation along the Line of Control (LoC) between Pakistan and India.
Setting their differences aside, heads and representatives of major political parties in the country including the Pakistan Tehreek-i-Insaf (PTI), Pakistan People’s Party (PPP), PML-Q (Quaid-e-Azam group), Muttahida Qaumi Movement (MQM) Pakistan, Jamaat-e-Islami, PML-Z’s (Zia-ul-Haq group), National Party of Pakistan, Pakhtunkhwa Milli Awami Party, Jamiat Ulema-e-Islam and others are attending the meeting.
They have assured Pakistan Muslim League-Nawaz (PML-N) of their complete support on major national issues.
Interestingly, Sheikh Rasheed of Awami Muslim League (AML) has not been invited.
The premier started the meeting on a positive note by welcoming the political parties’ heads himself at the PM Secretariat.
He welcomed PPP’s Bilawal Bhutto Zardari, PTI’s Shah Mehmood Qureshi and Shireen Mazari, Ghulam Ahmed Bilour, Mehmood Khan Achakzai, Dr Farooq Sattar and others along with Defence Minister Khawaja Asif and Interior Minister Chaudhry Nisar Ali Khan.
“The aim of the meeting is to develop a consensus on the issue of Kashmir and ongoing Indian aggression along the LoC and to come up with a clear strategy,” said the prime minister at the start of the meeting in Islamabad today.
“Today’s meeting is extremely important and I am glad that we all are on one page over the matter of Kashmir,” he added.
Prime Minister Nawaz Sharif reiterated that Pakistan would continue to promote Kashmir’s right of freedom while “guarding its borders at any cost.”
Foreign Secretary Aizaz Chaudhry briefed the participants of the meeting on the situation of human rights violations in the held Kashmir.
He said India was in a state of confusion when Kashmiris responded forcefully for their freedom particularly after Indian forces killed Burhan Wani – a young Kashmiri separatist leader.
India had to backtrack after making the ‘Indus Water Treaty’ an issue, the foreign secretary said.
A tiff between Pakistan and India over Kashmir
Tensions have been simmering for months between India and Pakistan, but were dangerously ratcheted up last Thursday when India claimed it had carried out “surgical strikes” across the heavily militarised Line of Control (LoC), the de facto border in disputed Kashmir.
The rare public admission of such an action on alleged “terrorist” targets prompted furious rhetoric from Pakistan which it said never happened.
Relations between the two archrivals have been boiling since the Indian government accused that militants entered from Pakistan and launching an assault on an army base in held Kashmir earlier this month that killed 18 Indian soldiers.