Abbasi-led Cabinet assures support to Kashmiris


ISLAMABAD, Pakistan on Friday said that it is committed to peacefully resolving the Kashmir issue and will extend its political and diplomatic support to the people of the Valley.

Pakistan’s Foreign Office, in a statement, accused the Indian security forces of using live ammunition and pellet guns against Kashmiris.

It said the “deteriorating human rights situation” in the Valley has serious implications for the regional peace and security.  “Pakistan remains committed to peacefully resolving the Jammu and Kashmir dispute in accordance with the resolutions of the UN Security Council and will continue to extend its moral, political and diplomatic support to the people of Jammu and Kashmir,” it said amid escalating tensions between India and Pakistan along the Line of Control (LoC).

It called upon the “international community to take notice of the grave human rights crisis” in the Valley.

Meanwhile, the first Cabinet meeting held on Friday under the leadership of Pakistan’s new Prime Minister Shahid Khaqan Abbasi assured the country’s “moral and diplomatic support” to the Kashmiris in their “fight for self determination”.

Abbasi, while outlining his future plans during the meeting, promised to continue the journey of “progress and democracy” initiated by ex-premier Nawaz Sharif, Samaa-TV reported.

Abbasi put forward a 32-point agenda which was approved by the Cabinet in its entirety, the report said.

The prime minister reiterated that all projects, including the USD 50 billion China-Pakistan Economic Corridor, energy infrastructure to get rid of load shedding, economic revival and the fight against terrorism, would be carried out in “letter and spirit”.

Abbasi assured “moral and diplomatic support” of Pakistan to the people of Kashmir in their “fight for self determination”.

Abbasi also vowed to complete the developmental plans of 10 years in the next 10 months.