ISLAMABAD: Prime Minister Nawaz Sharif is chairing a meeting of parliamentary leaders to discuss the security situation with a special focus on the situation arising out of Indian troops’ unprovoked firing at the Line of Control (LoC) and the Indian army atrocities being committed in Occupied Kashmir.
Addressing the session the Prime Minister said that today’s session was very important because a unified message from the political leadership of Pakistan will be sent out, sources said.
He said that after Burhan Wani’s death the Kashmir issue had become a flash point, sources added.
He added that the United Nations should take up Kashmir as an issue which threatens peace in the region, sources said.
Foreign Secretary Aizaz Chaudhry briefed the session and said that Kashmiri separatist leader Burhan Wani consolidated the movement for freedom on the domestic front. “His death drew strong reaction by the Kashmiris, a reaction which dumbfounded the Indian government,” he said.
PPP supports government on Kashmir issue: Bilawal
PPP Chairman Bilawal Bhutto Zardari said his party supported the government on the Kashmir issue. Bilawal said they would stand shoulder to shoulder with the prime minister when it came to Indian aggression.
According to Bilawal, there was a need for unity to tackle the issue of Indian aggression. The PPP chairman also said there was no military solution to the Kashmir issue.
Despite differences, PTI supports government on Kashmir issue: Shah Mehmood
Pakistan Tehreek-e-Insaf leader Shah Mehmood Qureshi who was representing chairman Imran Khan at the meeting said that his party had several differences with the government yet he chose to attend the meeting. “We are with the government on the Kashmir issue. The present government tried very hard to improve relations with India. Unfortunately India did not respond with the same vigour.”
He hailed PM’s speech in the UN adding that Pakistan had raised the Kashmir issue in front of leaders from 11 countries.
PM welcomes parliamentary party leaders
Earlier the Prime Minister shook hands with party leaders who reached the venue to attend the meeting. Finance Minister Ishaq Dar and Defence Minister Khwaja Asif accompanied the premier.
Sherry Rehman, Qamar Zaman, Khursheed Shah, Naveed Qamar from Pakistan People’s Party, Mahmood Khan Achakzai from Pakhtunkhwa Milli Awami Party, Maulana Fazlur Rehman from Jamiat Ulema Islami and Farooq Sattar from Muttahida Qaumi Movement Pakistan are also in attendance.
After blaming Pakistan without any evidence for the Uri attacks, India has violated the ceasefire agreement at the Line of Control (LoC). In one act of Indian aggression, two Pakistani soldiers were martyred in what India claimed was a ‘surgical strike’. Pakistan dismissed this claim and Indian has not provided any evidence to substantiate it.
Pakistan has also been raising the issue of Indian army atrocities in occupied Kashmir where since July over 115 Kashmiris have been martyred. The situation deteriorated in Kashmir following the death of separatist leader Burhan Wani by Indian forces.