Will PM succeed in shaking world conscience?

SINCE breakout of recent violence in occupied Kashmir, which has claimed lives of at least eighty Kashmiri people and rendered thousands of others injured including those with pellet injuries, Pakistan has been agitating the issue aggressively at the diplomat level in order to expose Indian atrocities on defenceless Kashmiris. Though the world community is not ignorant of what is happening in the held valley, Pakistan being the party in lingering dispute is duty bound to arouse world conscience to bring about the promised plebiscite for a permanent solution to the dispute so vital for durable peace in the region.
Whether Prime Minister Nawaz Sharif will be successful in his efforts to shake the conscience of so-called champions of human rights on blatant human rights violations in occupied Kashmir is a million dollar question. If going by the past, one should not be over optimistic as these influential capitals have always turned their back to the plight of blood soaked Kashmir because of their own expediency and stakes with big Indian market. From the podium of the US State Department, we do hear the spokesperson voicing concerns over IHK situation but nothing substantial and concrete is done to stop those brutalities. Anyway Pakistan continues to stand by Kashmiri people and highlighting their plight at world forums. Same was done by the PM at the last annual meeting of UNGA and this year too, it is expected that Nawaz Sharif will raise the issue more forcefully as India broke all previous records of state oppression in the territory which it has been seizing contrary to the aspirations of the people of Kashmir. The Foreign Office is also continuously briefing ambassadors of different countries about the worsening situation in IHK. Going a step further on Saturday with the aim to increase pressure on India, the PM has nominated twenty-two parliamentarians as special envoys to visit different countries to highlight the Kashmir cause. In our view, the PM has adopted the right course to remind the international community of its obligations towards this unfinished agenda of the Partition. We will also urge major capitals including Washington and London to go beyond rhetoric and pressurise India in practical terms to stop extreme oppression on innocent Kashmiris and hold immediate dialogue with Islamabad to settle the dispute.

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