Kashmir solution must for durable peace: Shahbaz

Lahore—Punjab Chief Minister Muhammad Shahbaz Sharif on Friday strongly condemned Indian atrocities and brutalities in occupied Kashmir and said that solution of Kashmir issue was essential for a durable peace in South Asia.
He said that solution of Kashmir problem in the light of UN resolutions and aspirations of Kashmiri people was the need of the hour, says a handout.
He said that India was using pellet guns and other tactics to suppress freedom movement in Kashmir and Indian army had unleashed an era of cruelty and oppression against Kashmiri people. He said that India, which claims to be a secular country, was violating all human rights in occupied Kashmir.
The Chief Minister further said that India had been trying to suppress the just struggle of Kashmiri people through atrocities for a number of decades. He said that martyrdom of Burhan Wani had proved that desire for freedom was in the blood of Kashmiri people and they could not be denied their right to self-determination any longer.
Shahbaz Sharif stressed upon world community to take notice of cruelties and brutalities against unarmed Kashmiri people. He said that people of Pakistan express their complete solidarity with their Kashmiri brethren and would continue to extend moral, political and diplomatic support to the people of occupied Kashmir.
Meanwhile, Chief Minister Punjab Muhammad Shahbaz Sharif on Friday said the whole nation was united in the war against terrorism. “We are advancing successfully towards eliminating extremism and terrorism,” he said.
In a statement issued here, the CM said the Pak Army through its bold actions had broken the backbone of terrorists, adding that it achieved marvelous successes through Operation Zarb-e-Azb. He said elimination of terrorists and their facilitators was essential for survival and stability of the country.
The chief minister said steps taken under the National Action Plan (NAP) had yielded positive results. Today’s Pakistan, Shahbaz Sharif said, was much safer and a peaceful than in the past.
“The country will be made a hub of peace by winning the war against terrorism,” the CM vowed.
Meanwhile, it is reported that students, scholars, academicians and other citizens from Nagaland and Manipur have expressed solidarity with the op-pressed people of Indian Occupied Kashmir.
According to Kashmir Media Service, stu-dents, scholars, academicians and other concerned citizens from Nagaland and Manipur in a statement said that the ongoing situation in occupied Kashmir had seen sufferings and ordeals for over 60 days now.”—APP

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