Inhumanity in India-held Kashmir must be halted, PM Nawaz urges UN


Prime Minister Nawaz Sharif on Friday arrived in Muzaffarabad and held meeting with leaders of Kashmiri leadership where they discussed increasing human rights violations in Indian-held Kashmir.

The leaders decided to evolve a comprehensive strategy to raise this issue at the international level during PM Nawaz’s upcoming visit to the United Nations.

The PM urged the UNO to help stop inhumanity in India-held Kashmir.

President Azad Kashmir Sardar Masood Khan and Prime Minister Raja Farooq Haider received PM Nawaz Sharif on his arrival.

The premier is accompanied by Minister for Information Pervaiz Rashid, Minister for Kashmir Affairs Barjees Tahir, Special Assistant to PM on Foreign Affairs Tariq Fatemi and Dr Asif Kirmani.

The meeting of the PM with Kashmiri leaders is being held before his upcoming visit to New York where he will raise the issue of Indian-held Kashmir at the forum of United Nations’ General Assembly.

According to officials, the prime minister would take input from the AJK leadership and also take it into confidence before his official visit to the UN. They said the recent wave of unrest in Indian-occupied Kashmir and violations of human rights in the held territory are also likely to be raised at the UN General Assembly meeting.

The prime minister is also expected to review various proposals for the upcoming development projects and progress on ongoing projects, adding, “The prime minister has a plan to launch various mega projects in AJK to improve basic infrastructure especially in remote areas of the region.”

Earlier, Chief of Army Staff (COAS) General Raheel Sharif held a meeting with PM Nawaz at Prime Minister House.

According to a statement by the Prime Minister’s Office, the internal and regional security situation was discussed in the meeting between the prime minister and the army chief.

“Vowing to continue the war against militancy and terrorism, the Prime Minister Nawaz Sharif expressed his satisfaction over the security situation of the country,” the statement read.

The prime minister urged that the implementation of National Action Plan (NAP) against terrorism be assured.