Pakistan to send envoys to six capitals for promoting Kashmir cause: PM


–Abbasi says Pakistan has always supported implementation of UNSC resolutions on Kashmir


MUZAFFARABAD: Prime Minister Shahid Khaqan Abbasi on Wednesday said that Pakistan will send envoys to six important capitals to highlight Indian brutalities in Indian occupied Kashmir (IoK).

While addressing the representatives of All Parties Hurriyat Conference (APHC), the PM assured them that the government, the people and all political parties will continue to vigorously provide moral, diplomatic and political support to the Kashmir cause.

The PM said Pakistan has always supported the implementation of the United Nations Security Council (UNSC) resolutions that call for granting the right to self-determination to the people of Kashmir.

He said that he himself has highlighted the Kashmir issue in all his meetings at the United Nations and other forums. He said he and his cabinet members are in Muzaffarabad to express solidarity with the Kashmiri people.

Indian forces have recently injured more than 200 Kashmiris in an attempt to suppress the voice of Kashmiris, but it is a failed agenda, the PM said, adding that the Indian forces not only targetted unarmed civilians but also attacked those participating in funeral prayers.

The representatives of APHC appreciated Pakistan’s quick response on recent Indian brutalities in IoK. They said that diplomatic efforts need to be enhanced to sensitise the international community about the situation in the occupied valley.

Earlier, the prime minister arrived in the AJK capital Muzaffarabad accompanied by Federal Ministers Khawaja Muhammad Asif, Mushahidullah Khan, Rana Tanveer, Mumtaz Ahmad Tarar and Kashmir Committee Chairman Maulana Fazlur Rehman.

PM Abbasi, in a message, said Pakistan would stand up to the demand of the victims of Indian brutality.

He said Pakistan strongly condemns the brutal and indiscriminate use of force by the Indian occupation forces leading to the martyrdom of eighteen innocent Kashmiris in Shopian and Anantnag areas of occupied Kashmir.

He said Indian attempts to label the legitimate Kashmir struggle as terrorism cannot deter the valiant people of IoK from their demand of exercising their right to self-determination in accordance with the United Nations Security Council resolutions.

On Sunday, at least 17 people were martyred in addition to 50 injured by Indian troops during cordon and search operations in Kashmir’s Islamabad and Shopian districts, according to Kashmir Media Service.

An initial statement issued by the Director General of Police SP Vaid said, “13 suspected militants were killed during a gunfire exchange with Indian forces in two separate incidents. Seven were killed in Dragad and four in Shopian district’s Kachdoora area.”

Two civilians, Jan Mohammad Lone and Zubair Ahmad Butt, died in a hospital due to their injuries. A young man, identified as Rouf Bashir Khanday, was also killed by Indian forces during an overnight operation in Islamabad district’s Dialgam area.

Other young martyrs include Ubair Shafi Malla,  Adil Thokar, Yawar Itoo, Nazim Nazir, Adil Thokar, Rais Thokar, Ishafaq Malik and Zubair Turay. Moreover, around 100 civilians were injured when Indian forces used brute force and fired pellets and bullets on protesters in Dragad and Kachdora areas.

On Monday, the civil and military leadership of Pakistan condemned Indian brutalities in Occupied Kashmir valley and announced to observe April 6 as ‘Kashmir Solidarity Day’, a day after Indian security forces killed at least 20 Kashmiris, alleging them of militancy, prompting a complete shutdown in the restive valley for two days.

In Islamabad, a special meeting of the federal cabinet reviewed the current situation arising from the recent killings in IOK. The meeting was chaired by PM Abbasi.