ISLAMABAD: Pakistan’s federal cabinet has declared that Kashmir Solidarity Day will be observed on Friday in support of Kashmiri people and against “Indian brutalities”, Radio Pakistan reported on Tuesday.
The federal cabinet met in Islamabad under the chairmanship of Prime Minister Shahid Khaqan Abbasi. Foreign Minister Khawaja Muhammad Asif gave a presentation on the situation in Kashmir.
He apprised the meeting about Pakistan’s efforts to garner support of international community for innocent Kashmiris “who are being subjected to brutalities by Indian forces”.
The federal cabinet offered Fateha for the ‘Shuhuda’ and prayed for early recovery of the injured.
The meeting also adopted a resolution, which said that the cabinet members will participate in the Joint Session of the Pakistan-administered Kashmir (PaK) Legislative Assembly to be held today.
It also decided to send special envoys of the Prime Minister, including the President of PaK, to selected capitals to highlight the deteriorating situation in Indian-administered Kashmir.
The meeting “strongly condemned the brutal and indiscriminate use of force by the Indian occupation forces that resulted in the martyrdom of more than twenty innocent Kashmiris in Shopian and Anantnag”.
The cabinet members paid tribute to the “brave and resilient people of Kashmir who have been continuously demonstrating against the brutal repression, incarceration, torture and extra judicial killing perpetrated by the illegal occupation Indian forces”.
It stressed that the deteriorating situation in Kashmir and the Indian escalation at the Working Boundary and the Line of Control is a flashpoint and a threat to regional peace and tranquillity.
Expressing solidarity with the people of Jammu and Kashmir, the meeting urged the international community to take cognisance of the “gross and systematic human rights violations” of Kashmiris.
The meeting requested the office of the High Commissioner for Human Rights and the OIC Independent Permanent Human Rights Commission to send fact-finding missions to Kashmir.
The cabinet also reiterated Prime Minister’s request to the UN Secretary General to appoint a Special Envoy for Jammu and Kashmir with a mandate flowing from the unimplemented UN Security Council resolutions.
Meanwhile, Prime Minister Shahid Khaqan Abbasi will address joint session of the PaK Legislative Assembly and Kashmir Council in Muzaffarabad today to express solidarity with the people of Kashmir.
Meanwhile, in a message, the Prime Minister said that Pakistan “would stand up to the demand of the victims of Indian brutality”.
“The brutal crackdown, including the despicable use of pellet guns on civilians who were protesting against the killings is deplorable,” the Pak PM said.
“Indian attempts to label the legitimate Kashmir struggle as terrorism cannot deter the valiant people of Jammu and Kashmir from their demand of exercising their right to self determination in accordance with the UN Security Council resolutions,” Abbasi added.
Meanwhile, addressing a news conference in Muzaffarabad on Tuesday, PaK Prime Minister Raja Farooq Haider Khan said an All Parties Conference would be convened on Saturday to “give a strong message to India whose hands are coloured with the blood of innocent Kashmiris”.
He thanked the government of Pakistan for its unequivocal political, moral and diplomatic support to the Kashmiris who are struggling for their right to self determination.
Raja Farooq Haider Khan urged media to “expose the Indian brutalities”. He paid rich tribute to the Kashmiri youth who are sacrificing for the cause of Kashmir.