Kashmir: Black Day on Tuesday

Salim Ahmed

Lahore—The special meeting of federal cabinet, which met here Friday with Prime Minister Nawaz Sharif in the chair, decided to mark July 19 as ‘black day’ against killings of innocent Kashmiris by security forces in Indian Held Kashmir and also to convene a joint session of Parliament to discuss the current Kashmir situation.
A declaration, issued after the meeting held here at Governor’s House, says Pakistan would continue to provide moral and diplomatic support to Kashmiris in their just struggle for self-determination. The declaration said it was regretful that India once again tried to suppress the voice of Kashmiris, considering them as slaves and martyred the representative of new generation Burhan Wani.
Addressing the meeting, Prime Minister Nawaz Sharif urged upon the United Nations to fulfill its “incomplete agenda” on Kashmir and ensure provision of right of self-determination to Kashmiris. “I and entire Pakistani nation steadfastly stand by Kashmiris against Indian oppression.” the premier said.
Nawaz said Pakistan would continue to provide moral and diplomatic support to Kashmiris in their just struggle for self-determination. He said that the Kashmiris were fighting for their freedom and emphasized that Indian hostility would further strengthen their resolve.
He said baseless propaganda neither can demoralize the Kashmiris’ movement, nor can misguide the international community. “If Indian forces continue with the horrendous practice of killing innocent, it will be a bad omen for the peace of the region,” the premier added.
Nawaz said that the 0.7 million Indian security forces in the disputed region could not repress the Kashmiris’ movement for their right of self-determination. He said Pakistan would play its role in awakening the conscience of the international community.
Earlier, Foreign Secretary Aizaz Chaudhry briefed the federal cabinet on the situation in Indian-held Kashmir.
The cabinet condemned the terrorist attacks in Saudi Arabia, Turkey, Bangladesh, Indonesia, and France, and expressed grief over the loss of precious lives. The cabinet also offered fateha for late social worker Abdul Sattar Edhi, qawaal Amjad Sabri, and the Kashmiri martyrs.
The Cabinet noted that the Kashmiri youth for the last three years, instead of picking up arms, had taken to the platform of social media to campaign for their message. It was the golden opportunity for the Indian government to engage the Kashmiri youth in dialogue and accept their just demands, the cabinet stressed. It was resolved that Pakistan would play its role in ‘awakening the conscience’ of international community. All institutions of Pakistan would highlight the tyranny of Indian security forces, being meted to innocent Kashmiris.
The cabinet asked India to hold dialogue with Pakistan on Kashmir issue and also include Kashmiri leaders in it. The cabinet directed the Ministry of Foreign Affairs to highlight through their envoys abroad the plight of Kashmiris at the hands of Indian security forces.
Federal Interior Minister Chaudhry Nisar Ali Khan, Ishaq Dar, Pervaiz Rashid, Khawaja Saad Rafique and other ministers attended the meeting.

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