Govt aware of problems faced by people of Baluchistan, says Qureshi


Forign minister Shah Mehmood Qureshi has said that the government is well aware of the problems and difficulties people of Baluchistan are facing.
He expressed these views while taking to governor Baluchistan Syed Zahoor Ahmed Agha who called on him at the foreign ministry.
During the meeting issues of mutual interest were discussed.
The foreign minister said that the government is well aware of the problems and difficulties faced by the people of Baluchistan.
The government of Pakistan Tahreek-e-Insaf (PTI) is working to alleviate the deprivation of the people of all the backward areas of the Pakistan, including Baluchistan.
Governor Baluchistan Syed Zahoor Ahmed Agha thanked foreign minister Shah Mehmood Qureshi for the support of the federal government in improving the law and order situation on Baluchistan and in various fields including health.
IIOJK termed a story of tyranny, oppression, and siege
ISLAMABAD, January 5 (ONLINE): “The Indian Illegally Occupied Jammu and Kashmir (IIOJK)
has always been a story of tyranny, oppression, and siege,” said Mr Shehryar Khan Afridi,
Chairman of the Parliamentary Committee on Kashmir. He was speaking at an event organized
by the Institute of Regional Studies (IRS) here Wednesday to commemorate the Kashmir Self-
Determination Day. The day is observed to commemorate the adoption of the United Nations
Commission on India and Pakistan (UNCIP) Resolution on the accession of the Kashmir to
either Pakistan or India through a free and impartial plebiscite.
The Chairman of the Kashmir Committee called for greater involvement of the youth through
interactive sessions in universities to counter the influence of the hybrid warfare waged against
Pakistan by India through social media. Responding to a question, Mr Afridi shared that
Kashmiris were part of all important meetings and decisions of the Kashmir Committee. He
termed the Indian government’s actions following the unilateral revocation of Articles 370 and
35-A of its Constitution related to Kashmir as war crimes and urged the international community
to take note of the Indian brutalities in IIOJK since August 5, 2019. Mr Afridi also urged the
Pakistani diasporas abroad to play their role as leaders for the Kashmir cause and get themselves
heard on the right forums in their countries of residence.
Pakistan’s former High Commissioner to India Ambassador Abdul Basit said that India was
trying to convert the narrative about the freedom struggle in Kashmir into one about a
secessionist movement. He added that Kashmiris were fighting against an occupation akin to a
colonialism and had the right to use all means necessary for winning freedom. Ambassador
Abdul Basit attributed the international silence about Kashmir to its Indian projection as its
internal matter. He added, however, that IIOJK was never an internal matter of India and that
India had itself acknowledged its status as an international dispute by taking the matter to the
United Nations Security Council.
Senior Vice President of Kashmir Youth Alliance Mr Taha Muneeb emphasized that Kashmiris
had never accepted Indian occupation and no amount of development expenditure of the Indian
government in Kashmir could change that. He added that the freedom struggle in Kashmir was
indigenous and had produced several well-known Kashmiri freedom fighters. Mr Muneeb shared
that 171 Kashmiris had been martyred by the Indian security forces in the year 2021 out of
which 37 were martyred in the month of December alone.
President IRS Ambassador Nadeem Riyaz highlighted the importance of observance of the
Kashmir Self Determination Day on August 5 to mark the adoption of the resolution for free and
impartial plebiscite for self-determination of the Kashmiris by the UNCIP.