The National Security Council (NSC) has decided to approach the Human Rights Council of UN with a view to sending a fact-finding mission to Indian Occupied Kashmir (IOK) for investigations into the slaughter of innocent civilians.
The council also seeks a ban on the use of pellet guns for dispersing people exercising their right to protest.
Prime Minister Nawaz Sharif, a day after his arrival from Lahore, chaired an NSC meeting on Friday, which was attended by Army Chief General Raheel Sharif, Naval Chief Admiral Zakaullah, DG ISI Rizwan Akhtar as well as Federal Ministers, advisor to Prime Minister on Foreign Affairs Sartaj Aziz, Special Assistant to Prime Minister Tariq Fatemi and National Security Advisor Nasser Janjua, Chairman Joint Chiefs of Staff.
The meeting decided to approach UNHRC on behalf of government and on behalf of OIC Contact Group on Kashmir.
The meeting reaffirmed its resolve against elimination of terrorism and extremism from the motherland and appreciated the role of military and civil intelligence agencies against the nefarious designs of the international agencies and hostile countries.
The meeting decided that an effective border management system between Pakistan and Afghanistan should be introduced and enforced as it is in the interest of both the countries.
While discussing the IOK situation, the NSC unanimously expressed grave concern over the deteriorating situation in the valley in the wake of the martyrdom of indigenous Kashmiri freedom fighter Burhanuddin Muzaffar Wani and called upon the international community to take notice and condemn these blatant human rights violations.
The meeting also urged the international community to play its role in ensuring the realisation of human rights of the Kashmiri people through fulfilling its commitments towards the people of Jammu and Kashmir under the UNSC resolutions.
We strongly condemn the subsequent continuing brutal oppression of the Indian security forces over innocent Kashmiris who have been peacefully protesting against this Martyrdom, added the participants of the meeting.
The Prime Minister said that brutal use of force in IOK is a blatant violation of fundamental rights of the Kashmiri people which no civilised society permits and the Indian claim that the deteriorating human rights situation in IOK is its internal affair is factually incorrect, legally untenable and indeed a violation of international law and UNSC resolutions.
He stated the legitimate freedom struggle of the Kashmiri people has seen several generations wherein the Kashmiris have rendered matchless sacrifices.
“It is our conviction that by suppressing the voice of Kashmiri people for their right to self determination, India will not be able to legitimise its occupation in the Indian Occupied Kashmir, added Prime Minister.
He further stated that only solution of the Kashmir issue would be the early implementation of UNSC resolution – fair and impartial plebiscite under the UN auspices, Sharif added.
The Prime Minister stated that Pakistan has provided and would continue to provide diplomatic, political and moral support to the people of Jammu and Kashmir for the realisation of their fundamental right of self determination as per UN Security Council resolutions.
While lauding the relentless and unmatched contributions and sacrifices of Pakistan’s armed forces and security personnel, particularly in the ongoing Operation Zarb-e-Azb, the meeting expressed satisfaction over the gains achieved so far in effectively ensuring national security. -Business Recorder