SIALKOT, July 17 (APP): Federal Minister for Defence, Water and Power Khawaja Muhammad Asif has appreciated the national unity, enthusiasm, courage and spirit of the Turkish people, through which they foiled the coup attempt in their country.

Addressing participants of an election campaign meeting, held here at Talwara Mughalaan-Sialkot, the minister said that the Turkish people made history by taking to the streets in large numbers on the call of their President Recep Tayyip Erdogan and foiling a coup attempt.

Kh Asif said that some political elements were exhibiting immaturity in politics, negativity and politics of conflict by prolonging the Panama leaks issue. He said that the political elements demanding accountability of Prime Minister Nawaz Sharif are themselves plunderers of national wealth. He said that Panama leaks issue did not concern the people of Pakistan, saying that the plunderers had no right to demand accountability of Prime Minister Nawaz Sharif. He said that the corrupt political elements could not target an honest prime minister for their personal gains.

The defence minister alleged that the PPP looted the national wealth and all resources in Azad Jammu & Kashmir during its rule in AJK. He said the PPP government in AJK also damaged the Kashmir cause.

Extending all support to PML-N candidate Chaudhry Muhammad Ishaq, the minister said that Pakistan was taking up the matter of killing of innocent Kashmiris by Indian army in the held Kashmir at all international forums effectively, and urging the international community to use its influence for restraining India from atrocities in the held valley.

The minister asked the union council chairmen, vice-chairmen and councillors to utilise their full energies for the victory of the PML-N in July 21, 2016 AJK general elections.

Kh Asif said that the PML-N would win the AJK polls with big margin, saying that only the PML-N had the capability to help the Kashmiri people get rid of their all problems.

The federal minister said that plebiscite was the basic right of the Kashmiri people, adding that the sun of freedom of Kashmir would rise soon and the oppressed people of occupied Jammu and Kashmir would soon get freedom from Indian oppression.