Islamabad: Pakistan’s top civil and military leadership on Wednesday condemned what it called “reign of terror” in Kashmir and pledged continued support for “right of self-determination” of Kashmiris.
“The National Security Committee condemned the reign of terror unleashed by Indian” forces on Kashmiris, said a statement issued after the NSC meeting chaired by Prime Minister Shahid Khaqan Abbasi here.
The meeting also expressed satisfaction over and the “grant of the same rights under the Government of Gilgit-Baltistan Order 2018 to the people of Gilgit-Baltistan as are available to the people in the rest of the country.”
Pakistan Cabinet on May 21 approved Gilgit-Baltistan Order 2018 which was also endorsed by the assembly for the region. The order is being seen as Pakistan’s efforts towards incorporating the disputed region as its fifth province.
The NSC also supported the Constitutional amendment to merge the tribal region with the Khyber Pakhtunkhwa, which has fulfilled the aspiration of the local people.
The Ministry of Interior briefed the Committee on the basic features of the new visa policy aimed at making Pakistan a tourist and business friendly country.
The meeting was attended by Minister for Interior Ahsan Iqbal, Minister for Defence & Foreign Affairs Khurram Dastgir Khan, Minister for Finance, Revenue & Economic Affairs Miftah Ismail, Chief of Army Staff General Qamar Javed Bajwa, Chief of Naval Staff Admiral Zafar Mahmood Abbasi, Chief of Air Staff Air Chief Marshal Mujahid Anwar Khan, Director General ISI Lt Gen Naveed Mukhtar, National Security Adviser Lt Gen (R) Nasser Khan Janjua and senior civil and military officials.