‘aggressively highlight’ Kashmir issue
Special Assistant to the Prime Minister on Information Firdous Ashiq Awan on Tuesday said that an in-principle approval had been granted by the cabinet to take the Kashmir dispute with India to the International Court of Justice, after New Delhi revoked its special status earlier this month.
Addressing media following a cabinet meeting, she said that the case will be presented with a focus on the violation of human rights and genocide in occupied Kashmir. A panel of lawyers of international repute would be engaged to pursue the case on behalf of Pakistan at the United Nations’ top court, Awan added. “We need to pursue this case more aggressively until the voices of those oppressed Kashmiris reach the relevant forum.”
Firdous Ashiq Awan also sought the nation’s support, especially the media, in highlighting the situation in occupied Kashmir ahead of Indian Prime Minister Narendra Modi’s address at the United Nations General Assembly on September 27.
She said that Modi’s address is slated for a day before Prime Minister Imran Khan’s and urged the media to aggressively pursue the agenda of shedding light on the plight of Kashmiris between today and that day. The prime minister will address the UNGA on September 27.
The special assistant further revealed that if India does not lift the curfew in occupied Kashmir, Pakistan plans on pursuing the matter “within the legal framework” on international forums.
She also discussed with the media the conversation between US President Donald Trump and PM Imran which took place on Monday. “He [the prime minister] briefed Trump on how Modi is heading towards a genocide in the Valley and how under a