Says Kashmir unfinished agenda of partition
ISLAMABAD: Pakistan prime minister said on Friday that Pakistan will take all necessary steps to protect its people and territorial integrity in case of any aggression or violation of the Line of Control.
“We will defend our homeland against any aggression. The entire nation is standing shoulder to shoulder with our armed forces,” he told a Federal Cabinet meeting
“Kashmir is the unfinished agenda of Partition, which cannot be wished away. The Indian atrocities cannot suppress the passions of the Kashmiri people,” Nawaz said.
The Federal Cabinet met under the chairmanship of Prime Minister Nawaz Sharif and discussed the situation in Kashmir and the “ceasefire violations by India along the LoC.”
The meeting said the India has acted in complete violation of her commitments under bilateral arrangements as well as international law while referring to Indian army’s claim that its troops carried out surgical strikes inside Pakistan administered Kashmir. Pakistan has rejected the claim, saying the claim of surgical strikes was ‘fabrication of truth’ and said that two of its soldiers were killed in Indian artillery fire.
The prime minister said in order to achieve the government’s goal of eliminating poverty and unemployment, peace was essential, but stated that in the face of hostility the country would have to be protected.
He also said “Indian aggression poses a serious threat to regional peace and security, adding that the leadership and people of Pakistan are united in their resolve to counter any aggressive Indian designs.”
The Cabinet praised the brave and valiant soldiers of the armed forces of Pakistan for their “befitting response” to the Indian aggression on Thursday.
The Cabinet deplored the “allegations levelled against Pakistan by India regarding the Uri attack” and stated that Indian statements and actions are “a strategy to redirect attention away from Indian atrocities in Kashmir”.
During the meeting, the Cabinet called upon the international community to take notice of the “massive human rights violations being perpetrated by the Indian forces in Kashmir”, expressing concern over the killings of over 110 people there.
‘Misadventure by our adversary will meet befitting response’
Pakistan army chief Gen Raheel Sharif said on that Pakistan army was prepared to counter any “misadventure by our adversary” and said that the “highest state of vigilance” is being maintained along the Working Boundary and the eastern border, Inter-Services Public Relations said.
“Pakistan cannot be coerced through any amount of malicious propaganda,” he said, adding, “Any misadventure by our adversary will meet the most befitting response from Pakistan.”