Pak PM Sharif calls cabinet meeting to discuss Kashmir situation

  • PTI, Islamabad
  • Updated: Jul 13, 2016 20:19 IST
Prime Minister of Pakistan Nawaz Sharif speaks at the 69th United Nations General Assembly in New York City. (AFP File Photo)

Pakistan’s Prime Minister Nawaz Sharif has convened a special cabinet meeting in Lahore on Friday to discuss the situation in violence-hit Kashmir and chalk out “future course of action” on the issue.

“The cabinet will discuss the oppressive actions of Indian security forces against innocent civilians and the over all situation in Kashmir after the brutal assassination of Burhan Wani,” the Prime Minister’s Office said in a statement.

The statement noted that on the directions of the Prime Minister, the foreign office summoned Indian high commissioner and conveyed “strong concerns of the Pakistani government and people on rapidly deteriorating human rights situation in Kashmir and increasing oppression by Indian security forces.”

The statement said that a detailed briefing was also given to ambassadors of all permanent members of UN security council of UN “regarding atrocities of the security forces.”

India had asked Pakistan to refrain from interfering in its internal affairs after Sharif issued a statement expressing “shock” at the killing of Hizbul militant Burhan Wani.

Sharif said on Tuesday the “voice and struggle” of the people of Kashmir cannot be suppressed through use of “brutal force and human rights abuses”.

Sharif said this during a meeting with PoK Parliament Special Committee chairman and Jamiat Ulema-e-Islam Fazal (JUI-F) president Maulana Fazlur Rehman in Lahore.

During the meeting, Rehman apprised the Prime Minister on his recent talks with separatist leaders over the “human rights violations” by Indian Army and paramilitary forces in the state.

Rehman said the “Kashmiri leadership looks towards Pakistan in difficult times”, according to an official statement.

Sharif said, “The government and people of Pakistan respect the sentiments of their Kashmiri brethren and will continue to support the Kashmir cause at each and every forum internationally come what may.”

“The resolution of the Jammu and Kashmir dispute is only possible by the realisation of the right to self-determination of the people of Jammu and Kashmir, as per the UNSC resolutions, through a fair and impartial plebiscite under UN auspices,” Sharif said.

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