Islamabad: Pakistan on Thursday reiterated its support “to the people of Kashmir” in the background of US blacklisting Hizbul Mujahideen as “global terrorist organisation” and Syed Salahuddin as “global terrorist”.
Foreign Minister, Khawaja Asif told the Pakistan National Assembly’s Senate on Thursday that “On the matter of the people of Kashmir, the committee has reiterated Pakistan’s political, diplomatic and moral support.”
“The committee has also reaffirmed Pakistan’s resolve to protect its sovereignty and territorial integrity,” he told the Senate.
Asif was reading out a statement issued after Pakistan’s National Security Committee (NSC) held a meeting under the chairmanship of Pakistan Prime Minister, Shahid Khaqan Abbasi, which strongly rejected the US President Donald Trump’s accusation that Pakistan has been undermining the US’s so-called “war against terror” despite receiving billions of dollars in aid, Islamabad based Dawn newspaper reported.
Interior Minister Ahsan Iqbal, Foreign Minister Khawaja Asif, Chairman Joint Chief of Staff Committee Zubair Hayat, Army Chief General Qamar Javed Bajwa, Air Chief ACM Sohail Aman, and Naval Chief Admiral Muhammad Zakaullah attended the meeting, which stretched for over four hours.
“The Pakistani civilian and military leadership countered the US’s criticism by reminding it of Pakistan’s role in the protracted conflict and asking that the US work with Pakistan with a focus on core issues like the elimination of safe havens inside Afghanistan, better border management, the repatriation of ‘millions of Afghan refugees’ and a re-invigoration of the peace process for a political settlement in Afghanistan,” the statement said.