NSC reflects Pak commitment to Kashmir cause

Top civilian and military leadership gathered on Friday to have in depth discussions on the burning situation in Occupied Kashmir and how best to promote and highlight the cause of Kashmiri people. Reflecting strong commitment of the people of Pakistan to the just demand of the people of Kashmir for their right to self-determination, the National Security Committee (NSC) sent a firm message of solidarity across the Line of Control and vowed to raise the Kashmir issue at all available forums.
There has always been consensus on the issue of Kashmir and this was also clearly reflected in the nation-wide participation in activities relating to Accession to Pakistan Day and the Black Day observed this week. Prime Minister Nawaz Sharif represented feelings of people of Pakistan by reassuring Kashmiris of Pakistan’s unwavering support for their struggle and rejected Indian allegations that Pakistan was stoking unrest in the Valley. The most important decision of the Committee was filing of a reference to the UN Human Rights Council for investigating the volatile situation in Occupied Kashmir and seeking a ban on use of pellet guns against protestors there as this has led to total or partial loss of eye-sight of over one thousand innocent people. We hope this would be done without any delay in view of brutal tactics being adopted by Indian occupation forces in the Valley. Apart from the UN Human Rights Council the issue of grave violation of human rights should also be raised at other forums besides updating human rights bodies like Human Rights Watch. For this purpose, a comprehensive and credible dossier should be prepared, which should also be shared with the world media through Pakistani missions abroad. The position adopted by the NSC was appreciable as Pakistan has always pursued a principled position on the issue of Jammu and Kashmir and also rendered immense sacrifices for upholding the cause of Kashmiri people. We also hope that the message conveyed by the NSC would also be echoed at the South Block in New Delhi and there would be an immediate halt to brutalities against Kashmiris and steps taken for meaningful dialogue for permanent solution of the dispute.

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