Pakistan to send special envoys to highlight indian brutalities in kashmir: Khawaja Asif

Islamabad:The federal cabinet on Monday decided to send special envoys to selected countries in an effort to apprise the world about the brutalities and human rights abuses committed by Indian forces in held Kashmir. The decision to send special envoys comes following the death of 20 people in held Kashmir over the weekend in some of the fiercest clashes this year in the region.

The decision was taken in a special meeting of the federal cabinet chaired by Prime Minister Shahid Khaqan Abbasi, where the premier reviewed the situation arising from the recent Indian brutality and killings in India-held Kashmir.

In 2016, the PML-N government had sent 22 special envoys to various countries to plead the case of Kashmir. A statement issued by the PM House at the time had stated that the special envoys will have “the strength of Pakistani people, prayers from the Kashmiri people across the Line of Control, mandate of the parliament and support from the government”.

The recent decision to send special envoys comes following the death of 20 people in held Kashmir over the weekend in some of the fiercest clashes this year in the region. The federal cabinet also passed a resolution condemning the brutal and indiscriminate use of force by Indian forces that resulted in the death of Kashmiris in Shopian and Anantnag in held Kashmir, read a statement issue by the PM House. The cabinet announced that April 6 will be observed as Kashmir Solidarity Day.

During the meeting, the cabinet reiterated the premier’s request to the UN Secretary-General to appoint a Special Envoy for Jammu and Kashmir with a mandate flowing from the unimplemented UN Security Council resolutions.

Foreign Minister Khawaja Muhammad Asif also briefed the cabinet on the situation in held Kashmir and discussed Pakistan’s efforts to garner the support of the international community for the Kashmir cause.

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