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Event Title: Senate Foreign Relations Committee to Vociferously Highlight Kashmir Issue in London : Mushahid

Event Date: 2019-01-28

The Senate Standing Committee on Foreign Affairs has finalized its plan to effectively highlight Kashmir issue at international level and express solidarity with innocent Kashmiris on the upcoming Kashmir Day to be held in London and other parts of the world including Pakistan.  Senator Mushahid Hussain Sayed chaired an important meeting of the Committee at Foreign Office on Monday in which proposals of the members of the Committee were sought to vociferously highlight the miseries of Kashmiri people and to convey the global community that the issue of Kashmir needs immediate attention of those who call themselves the champions of human rights.  Chairman of the Committee said that the people of Kashmir are being subjugated by the Indian Occupied Forces for demanding a respectable place in the Comity of Nations and the world should not turn a deaf ear to their rightful demands.

Senator Mushahid further said that all political forces, institutions and the whole nations stand in unison over the issue of Kashmir, resolution of Afghanistan imbroglio and CPEC.  The Committee demanded the resolution of Kashmir issue according to the wishes and aspirations of the people of Kashmir and the UN resolutions.  Chairman of the Committee termed it a positive step of the Foreign Office to take the parliamentarians on board to effectively highlight the Kashmir issue in London on upcoming Kashmir Day.  Parliamentary delegation would also participate in different events in this regard.

Apprising the Committee about the importance of the issue, Foreign Minister Shah Mehmood Qureshi said that this would be a unique opportunity to highlight Kashmir issue internationally and highlight the brutalities of the Indian occupied forces in Indian occupied Kashmir.  The Foreign Minister said that positive developments in recent past have helped in highlight the issue at international level.  He referred to the visit of Turkey and Malaysia in which the issue of Kashmir was raised in the joint communiqué.  He also mentioned the UN Human Rights Committee report and the report of House of Commons in which the human rights violations of the people in IOK have been properly elaborated.  Senate Foreign Relations Committee will also have interaction with House of Lords and House of Commons besides leaders of Hurriyat Conference and Pakistani Community.  The Committee will also participate in an exhibition to be held in connection with highlighting the inhuman treatment of the people of IOK at the hands of Indian occupied forces.  Members of the Committee also give their recommendations to highlight the issue successfully.
The Foreign Minister informed the Committee about the recent dialogue process to bring peace and stability in Afghanistan.  He said that Pakistan wants a political solution to the Afghan issue and it has been conveyed to America to review its policy towards Pakistan.  He said that it was not an easy task to bring both the America and Afghanistan to resolve the issue through a meaningful dialogue.  He said that Pakistan wants peace in the region and will support all those initiative aimed at bringing peace at regional and global level.  He expressed his resolve and said that the Government of Pakistan wants CPEC to succeed and the whole nation, political forces and institutions are on the same page.

The meeting was attended by Senator Muhammad Javed Abbasi, Dr. Asif Kirmani, Nuzhat Sadiq, Muhammad Asad Ali Khan Junejo, Reman Malik, Sherry Rehman, Mian Muhammad Attique Sheikh,Siraj-ul-Haq, Sitara Ayaz, Dr. Shehzad Waseem and Leader of the House in the Senate Senator Shibli Faraz besides Secretary Foreign Affairs Tehmina Janjua and senior officers of the ministry.