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Joint statement by the leaders of the Political & Parliamentary Parties

Pakistan Focus endorses the joint statement issued by the Foreign Office of Pakistan after the meeting of the leaders of political & Parliamentary Parties.

“The Prime Minister chaired a meeting of the leaders of the Political and Parliamentary parties including, Mr. Bilawal Bhutto Zardari (Co-Chairman PPP), Syed Khurshid Ali Shah (Leader of Opposition), Moulana Fazalur Rehman (JUI-F), Mr. Mehmood Khan Achakzai (PKMAP), Sadr-ud-Din Rashidi, (PML-F), Mr. Ghulam Murtaza Jatoi, (NPP), Haji Ghulam Ahmad Bilour, (ANP), Dr. Muhammad Farooq Sattar and Dr. Khalid Maqbool (MQM),Mr. Aitzaz Ahsan, Mr. Qamar Zaman Kaira, Ms. Hina Rabbani Khar, Mr. Naveed Qamar, Ms. Sherry Rehman and Mr. Farhatullah Babar (PPP), Makhdoom Shah Mahmood Qureshi, Ms. Shireen Mazari and Engr. Usman Khan Tarakai (PTI), Mr. Siraj-ul-Haq and Sahibzada Tariq Ullah (JI), Mir Hasil Khan Bizenjo and Sardar Kamal Khan Bangulzai (NP), Dr. Ghazi Ghulab Jamal (FATA), and Mr. Kamil Ali Agha (PML-Q). The Prime Minister was assisted by senior members of the Cabinet.

After offering Fateha for the Shuhada of Pakistan’s armed forces and the martyrs of Indian occupied Jammu and Kashmir, it was unanimously resolved:

That the people, the government, the political parties and the armed forces of Pakistan are firmly united in supporting the Kashmiri people’s right to self-determination, as guaranteed to them in the UNSC resolutions;

That recognizing that  the Indian occupation forces have killed more than 110 innocent civilians, including women and children, and blinded over 700 people by use of pellet guns in last 87 days, we condemn the continued killings of innocent Kashmiris, which are a grave violation of human rights, and of international humanitarian laws;

That we condemn the recent unprovoked Indian aggression and repeated ceasefire violations that pose a threat to regional peace and security;

That we reject Indian efforts to shift the focus from its brutal atrocities to suppress the indigenous uprising of the Kashmiri people for liberation from Indian occupation, to false claims of terrorism across the LOC;

That we deplore the continued use of draconian laws against the Kashmiris and recurring curfews in Indian occupied Jammu and Kashmir, which have aggravated the miseries of the local population in clear violation of all international human rights conventions;

That we reject the Indian government’s ridiculous claims that Kashmir is an integral part of India, when India itself took the Jammu and Kashmir dispute to the UNSC, which accepted it as an international dispute between two sovereign UN members;

That we condemn India’s documented interference in Balochistan, a federating unit of sovereign Pakistan;

That we condemn the attempts by India to destabilize Pakistan as substantiated by the capture and confession of serving Indian naval officer from RAW, Kulbashan Yadav; That we regret Indian designs to scuttle all diplomatic efforts for bilateral and multilateral dialogue, including the refusal to engage constructively at the SAARC forum;

That we condemn the stated intent by India to use water as a weapon against the people, not only of Pakistan but of the region, in flagrant violation of its international treaty obligations and state that any Indian attempts at unilateral revocation of Indus Water Treaty shall be taken as an act of aggression;

That we reject ludicrous Indian claims of carrying out “surgical strike” across the LoC, as blatantly false and brazen attempts at diverting international attention away from its atrocities in IOK;

That we appreciate the courage, valour and commitment of successive generations of Kashmiri people for their ongoing struggle for self-determination as promised to them by the international community in UN Security Council resolutions;

That we applaud the bravery and unwavering commitment of the armed forces of Pakistan for their befitting response to Indian aggression;

That we welcome the decision of the UN High Commissioner for Human Rights to send a fact-finding mission to Indian occupied Jammu and Kashmir, and support a similar mission announced by the OIC;

That, recognizing the UN Security Council’s implementation of its resolutions on self-determination for East Timor and South Sudan, we urge the international community, especially the P5, to take concrete steps for implementation of the UN Security Council resolutions for the right to self-determination of the Kashmiri people;

That we express Pakistan’s continued and unwavering support to provide political, moral and diplomatic support to the people of Indian occupied Jammu and Kashmir in their just struggle for self-determination;

That, recognizing that Pakistan is engaged in an unprecedented war against terrorism and violent extremism, we reiterate our resolve to implement the National Action Plan in letter and spirit, as agreed to in the last APC;

That to coordinate on national security efforts, the national security committee of parliament will be reconstituted.

That we call upon the PM to strengthen national unity to deal with external threats and in that spirit all current national issues be resolved so as to build democratic and parliamentary inclusion;

AND finally, That we reiterate our commitment to standing resolute and united in the face of external aggression and all threats to regional peace and security”.

{Issued by Pakistan’s Foreign Office}

03 October 2016

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