ISLAMABAD - Pakistan will forcefully raise the voice for the Kashmiris facing genocide at the hands of Indian occupation forces at the upcoming 71st session of United Nations General Assembly beginning at its headquarters from September 13.

“It is an obligation for me as Prime Minister of Pakistan to become the voice of Kashmiris who have been oppressed in the IOK. I will leave no stone unturned to make the world understand the plight and the legitimate struggle of the people of Kashmir,” Prime Minister Nawaz Sharif said while chairing a preparatory meeting on the UNGA upcoming session held here at the Prime Minister’s House yesterday.

The meeting reviewed the agendas to be included in the next session of UNGA in which Prime Minister Nawaz Sharif is expected to participate, reads a press release issued by Prime Minister media wing.

Advisor to Prime Minister on Foreign Affairs Sartaj Aziz, Special Assistant to PM Tariq Fatemi, Foreign Secretary Aizaz Ahmed Chaudhry, Permanent Representative in UN Dr. Maliha Lodhi, Pakistan’s Ambassador to USA Jalil Abbass Jilani and other senior officials attended the meeting.

The meeting observed that Kashmir remains an unfinished agenda of the United Nations and accordingly India must realise that Kashmir is not its internal matter, rather it is a matter of regional and international concern.

The Prime Mister said that its denial of right of self determination for Kashmiris is one of the persistent failures of the United Nations. “The right of self-determination is the basic right of Kashmiris and we will make every effort to make Kashmiris captain of their own ship,” he added.

It was decided in the meeting that the Prime Minister would forcefully raise the voice for the rights of Kashmiris particularly the stepped up atrocities to quell the freedom struggle which had taken a new impetus following the brutal killing of Muzaffar Wani and would urge the international community to send neutral observers and also give access to civil society to monitor the situation in Indian held Kashmir.

The Prime Minister soon after his party’s victory in Azad Jammu and Kashmir general elections had addressed the public rally in Muzaffarabad and had taken a strong position on freedom on Kashmir issue and said that they were waiting for the time when occupied Kashmir would become part of Pakistan.

By coming up with a clear cut and bold position Prime Minister Nawaz Sharif had made it clear to his critics that his government would not do trade with India over the dead bodies of Kashmiri youth at the hands of Indian occupation forces, the position came under strong criticism in India which usually remain soft on him.

Sources informed The Nation that besides the Kashmir issue the Prime Minister would also take up the issue of cross-border terrorism in Pakistan and could also present the evidence of Indian involvement in creating unrest in Pakistan.

It is pertinent to mention here that security forces had arrested an Indian spay Gulboshan Yadiv from Balochistan who was involved in a series of activities aimed at creating unrest in Balochistan facing law and order situation for past several years.