Political leadership united against Indian belligerence


Support for Kashmir cause reaffirmed; India’s interference in Balochistan condemned

Sophia Siddiqui

Islamabad— Parliamentary leaders met here at the PM Office on Monday under the chairmanship of Prime Minister Nawaz Sharif and gave a loud and lucid message of nation’s unity against the belligerence of India and reiterated Pakistan’s resolve for supporting Kashmiri people in their just right to self-determination as guaranteed to them in the UNSC resolutions.
A joint statement was also issued following the endorsement of all the parliamentary leaders. The PPP delegation was led by its Chairman Bilawal Bhutto Zardari.
After offering Fateha for the martyrs of Pakistan’s armed forces and from Indian-Occupied Jammu and Kashmir, the meeting noted that Indian occupation forces have killed more than 110 innocent civilians, including women and children, and blinded over 700 people by use of pellet guns in the last 87 days in Occupied Kashmir.
“We condemn the continued killing of innocent Kashmiris, which is a grave violation of human rights, and of international humanitarian laws.”
The meeting condemned the recent unprovoked Indian aggression and repeated ceasefire violations that pose a threat to regional peace and security: “We reject Indian efforts to shift focus from its brutal atrocities to suppress the indigenous uprising of the Kashmiri people for liberation from Indian occupation, to false claims of terrorism across the LoC,” the political leaders said.
They deplored the continued use of draconian laws against the Kashmiris and recurring curfews in Indian occupied Jammu and Kashmir, which have aggravated the miseries of the local population in clear violation of all international human rights conventions.
“We reject the Indian government’s ridiculous claims that Kashmir is an integral part of India, when India itself took the Jammu and Kashmir dispute to the UNSC, which accepted it as an international dispute between two sovereign UN members,” the statement said.
The political leaders of Pakistan it condemned India’s documented interference in Balochistan, a federating unit of sovereign Pakistan and the attempts by India to destabilise Pakistan as substantiated by the capture and confession of serving Indian naval officer from RAW, Kulbashan Yadav.
“We regret Indian designs to scuttle all diplomatic efforts for bilateral and multilateral dialogue, including the refusal to engage constructively at the SAARC forum,”| the joint statement said.
They denounced the stated intent by India to use water as a weapon against the people, not only of Pakistan but of the region, in flagrant violation of its international treaty obligations and state that any Indian attempts at unilateral revocation of Indus Water Treaty shall be taken as an act of aggression.
“We reject ludicrous Indian claims of carrying out “surgical strike” across the LoC, as blatantly false and brazen attempts at diverting international attention away from its atrocities in IOK,” they said.
“We appreciate the courage, valour and commitment of successive generations of Kashmiri people for their ongoing struggle for self-determination” as promised to them by the international community in UN Security Council resolutions, the statement added.
The leaders applauded the bravery and unwavering commitment of the armed forces of Pakistan for their befitting response to Indian aggression;
The meeting welcomed the decision of the UN High Commissioner for Human Rights to send a fact-finding mission to Indian occupied Jammu and Kashmir, and support a similar mission announced by the OIC.
Recalling the UN Security Council’s implementation of its resolutions on self-determination for East Timor and South Sudan, , the leaders urged the international community, especially the P5, to take concrete steps for implementation of the UN Security Council resolutions for the right to self-determination of the Kashmiri people.”
The political leadership expressed Pakistan’s continued and unwavering support to provide political, moral and diplomatic support to the people of Indian occupied Jammu and Kashmir in their just struggle for self-determination; Recognizing that Pakistan is engaged in an unprecedented war against terrorism and violent extremism, we reiterate our resolve to implement the National Action Plan in letter and spirit, as agreed to in the last APC.
In order to coordinate on national security efforts, the national security committee of parliament will be reconstituted, the statement added.
The political leaders called upon the PM to strengthen national unity to deal with external threats and in that spirit all current national issues be resolved so as to build democratic and parliamentary inclusion. They reiterated commitment to standing resolute and united in the face of external aggression and all threats to regional peace and security.
Addressing the meeting of the political leaders Prime Minister Nawaz Sharif said the government will make relentless efforts to highlight the plight of Kashmiri people at every international fora with the support of all political parties.
He said the political leadership stands united on matters of national importance, particularly for the Kashmir cause. He noted that Kashmiri movement cannot be suppressed by the Indian brutalities. Kashmiris’ struggle for their right to self-determination is legitimate and UNSC mandated. Kashmiris and Pakistanis are inseparable.
He thanked the political leaders for their valuable inputs and suggestions saying the government will try to implement them as much as possible.
Chief of Jamaat-e-Islami Sirajul Haq said that the Prime Minister’s UNGA speech was highly reflective of the sentiments of the people of Pakistan. He said the political parties stand by the government and the valiant armed forces at this critical juncture.
JUI Chief Maulana Fazlur Rehman said, “We need to denounce and highlight the brutal Indian state oppression in IOK at political and diplomatic level.”
JUI-F chief further said Prime Minister’s initiative to send special envoys in important world capitals is commendable. “Our political and diplomatic force need to build on the momentum, generated by the recent Kashmiri uprising,” he said.
PTI Vice Chairman Shah Mehmoud Qureshi said, “Today’s moot conveys a clear message to India and the international community that the country’s political parties are united in their stance on Kashmir dispute.” He appreciated the Prime Minister’s comprehensive speech at the United Nations saying the present government took positive steps regarding improvement in relations with India but regrettably, the other side has not reciprocated. He said Pakistan is not isolated at the diplomatic front. He regretted the postponement of the SAARC Summit.
The PTI leader also said that Indian statements threatening revocation of Indus Water Treaty are unfortunate.
In his remarks, Chairman PPP Bilawal Bhutto Zardari said that despite differences with government on multiple issues, his party stands shoulder to shoulder with it on the Kashmir issue and the Indian aggression.
He said this is a turning point in Indo-Pak relations. A united Pakistan can counter Indian aggression.
Bilawal Bhutto Zardari said there is no military solution to the Kashmir dispute. Opposition Leader in National Assembly Khursheed Shah said on national issues, all Pakistanis are united beyond party affiliations. He said Pakistan People’s Party suggests establishment of Parliamentary Committee on National Security.
Leader of Opposition in the Senate Chaudhry Aitzaz Ahsan said our stance is very clear that Kashmir issue must be resolved as per aspirations of the Kashmiri people .We are with the government that Indus Water Treaty can’t be revoked unilaterally by one country. We stand behind the government for a befitting response if India tries to revoke it.
PML (Q) leader Kamil Ali Agha said no compromise can be made on Pakistan’s defence. He said Indian state sponsored terrorism is condemnable and we should expose Indian propaganda on Balochistan and Gilgit.
Ghulam Ahmad Bilour of Awami National Party said the prime minister’s speech at the UNGA has given a new life to Kashmir dispute on the diplomatic front.

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