PM seeks British counterpart’s role in convincing India to stop violence in IOK

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PM seeks British counterpart's role in convincing India to stop violence in IOK

UNITED NATIONS, Sep 19 (APP): Prime Minister Muhammad Nawaz Sharif on Monday requested British Prime Minister Therasa May to play her role in convincing India to stop brutal use of force in the Indian Occupied Jammu and Kashmir (IOK).

“The people of Jammu and Kashmir must be allowed to chose their destiny and longstanding resolutions of the UNSC on the right to self determination of the Kashmiri people need to be implemented,” he stated.

The Prime Minister expressed these views, as he met with the British Prime Minister here in New York.

“If the international community does not succeed in asking India to immediately end state oppression on the innocent people in Jammu & Kashmir, India will be encouraged to increase the intensity of the continuing state atrocities,” he remarked.

Highlighting the fast deteriorating situation in IOK, the Prime Minister said that Pakistan’s support for Kashmiri people in their just and legitimate struggle for self determination and their commitment to the Kashmir cause were absolutely non negotiable.

“We will not disappoint our Kashmiri brethren at any cost; we will keep on reminding the international community of its decades old commitments that have not been honored till today,” he maintained.

The Prime Minister said gross human rights violations and brutal state oppression in the Indian Occupied Kashmir were at their peak. it was the duty of the international community to ask India to immediately end state atrocities on innocent and defenseless Kashmiri people, he emphasized.

Ms Theresa May appreciated Pakistan’s role in eradicating terrorism and extremism from the country.

The British Prime Minister lauded the economic turnaround achieved by the present democratic government,achieving growth targets and putting the country on the development path.

Ms. May acknowledged Pakistan’s role in bringing lasting peace in Afghanistan.

Prime Minister Sharif said that a stable and prosperous Afghanistan was in the interest of Pakistan.

The British Prime Minister especially appreciated the constructive role of Pakistani diaspora in the economic development of the United Kingdom.

Issues of bilateral significance also came under discussion during the meeting.

Advisor to Prime Minister on Foreign Affairs, Sartaj Aziz, Special Assistant to PM on Foreign Affairs, Tariq Fatemi and Foreign Secretary Aizaz Ahmad Chaudhry were also present during the meeting.