Sharif briefs Oppn on LoC situation after surgical strikes
Pakistan Prime Minister Nawaz Sharif on Monday chaired a special meeting of all parliamentary leaders to brief them on the situation on the LoC after India conducted surgical strikes on terror launch pads in the Pakistan-occupied Kashmir (PoK).
Leaders from various opposition parties expressed full support to the government amid current tensions with India.
Sharif, assisted by senior members of the Cabinet, said “their (Kashmiris’) struggle for self-determination was legitimate and in accordance with UN resolutions”. “Kashmiris and Pakistanis are inseparable. We will leave no stone unturned to highlight Kashmiris’ plight across all international forums,” he said, adding that “we stand united on matters of national importance, particularly Kashmir.”
In their remarks, the leaders declared that the entire nation stands together when it comes to the Kashmir issue and the “Indian aggression”, Radio Pakistan reported.
Pakistan Peoples Party (PPP) Chairman Bilawal Bhutto Zardari said that despite differences with government on multiple issues, his party stands shoulder-to-shoulder with it. “A united Pakistan can counter Indian aggression,” he said, adding that by working together “we can achieve our national security goals”. He said there is no military solution to the Kashmir issue.
Leader of Opposition in the Senate Aitzaz Ahsan, who is also from the PPP, said the Kashmir issue must be resolved as per the aspirations of the Kashmiri people.
“We are with the government that Indus water treaty can’t be revoked unilaterally by one country. We stand behind the government for a befitting response if India tries to revoke it,” he said.
Earlier, Foreign Secretary Aizaz Ahmad Chaudhry had briefed the meeting about the situation in Kashmir and the Line of Control (LoC).
Imran Khan, who is protesting to remove the Prime Minister over alleged corruption, skipped the meeting but his party was represented by former foreign minister Shah Mahmood Qureshi.
Pakistan Tehreek-i-Insaf (PTI) Vice Chairman Qureshi said the meeting conveys a clear message to India and the international community that the country’s political parties are united in their stance on Kashmir dispute.
Jamiat Ulema-e-Islam-Fazal (JUI-F) Chief Maulana Fazlur Rehman said it is time to show unity. “We need to forge national unity at this critical moment and collective voice and resolve of the entire nation is need of the hour,” he said.
India-Pak tension trigger airtime war
Pakistan on Monday said it will allow airtime to Indian channels in the country based on reciprocity, reversing a Musharraf era relaxation on airing of popular Indian dramas and movies on Pakistani channels.
The amount of airtime for Indian content in Pakistan will mimic the format India has adopted for the airing of Pakistani content, the Pakistan Electronic Media Regulatory Authority (PEMRA) announced amid the strain in Indo-Pak ties after the Uri attack and India’s surgical strikes on terror launch pads in PoK. It was decided that PEMRA will only allow airtime to Indian content if India allows the same to Pakistani content.