Cabinet decisions: Parliament’s joint session on Kashmir next week; ‘Black day’ against Indian oppression on July 19

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ISLAMABAD, July 15 (APP): The Federal Cabinet on Friday
decided for convening a joint session of Parliament on Kashmir situation and announced to mark July 19 as ‘black day’ against killing of innocent Kashmiris by security forces in Indian Held Kashmir (IHK).

A declaration, issued after the meeting held at Lahore’s
Governor’s House, said Pakistan would continue to provide moral and diplomatic support to Kashmiris in their just struggle for self-determination.

Prime Minister Muhammad Nawaz Sharif in his remarks while
chairing the meeting urged upon the United Nations to fulfill
its “incomplete agenda” on Kashmir and ensure provision of
right of self-determination to Kashmiris.

“I and entire Pakistan nation steadfastly stand by Kashmiris against Indian oppression,” he said, according to details of the meeting as given here by the PM’s Office.

Nawaz Sharif said the Kashmiris were fighting for their
freedom and emphasized that Indian hostilities would further
strengthen their resolve. He stressed that calling the freedom movement as terrorism, was a sheer dishonest on part of India.

“The baseless propaganda neither can demoralize the
Kashmiris’ movement, nor can misguide the international
community,” he added.

He said the 0.7 million Indian security forces could
not repress the Kashmiris’ movement.

“If Indian forces continue with the horrendous practice
of killing innocent, it will be a bad omen for the peace
of the region,” he added.

The Cabinet mentioned that the Kashmiri youth for the
last three years, instead of picking up arms, had taken to
the platform of social media to campaign for their message.
It was the golden opportunity for the Indian government
to engage the Kashmiri youth in dialogue and accept their
just demands, the Cabinet stressed.

The declaration said it was regretful that India once
again tried to suppress the voice of Kashmiris, considering
them as slaves and martyred the representative of new
generation Burhan Wani.

India has to understand that hearts cannot be won
with the use of force.

The Cabinet said Pakistan would play its role in
‘awakening the conscience’ of international community. All
institutions of Pakistan would highlight the tyranny of
Indian security forces, being meted to innocent Kashmiris.
Pakistan and Kashmir are linked with a relationship
of history and tradition, and the people of Pakistan consider
the pains and pleasures of the Kashmiris of their own, it
said.

The Federal Cabinet asked India to hold dialogue with
Pakistan on Kashmir issue and also include Kashmiri leaders
in it.

The Federal Cabinet directed the Ministry of Foreign
Affairs to highlight through their envoys abroad the plight
of Kashmiris at the hands of Indian security forces.

Earlier, Foreign Secretary Aizaz Chaudhry briefed the
Cabinet about the situation in Indian-Held Kashmir.

The meeting condemned the terrorist attacks in Saudi
Arabia, Turkey, Bangladesh, Indonesia, and France and expressed grief over the loss of precious lives.

The Cabinet also offered Fateha for late social worker
Abdul Sattar Edhi, Qawwal Amjad Sabri and the Kashmiri martyrs.