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Will continue supporting Kashmiris: Nawaz Sharif

Prime Minister Nawaz Sharif today said that Kashmir was “unfinished agenda of partition” and Pakistan would continue to provide support to Kashmiris in their struggle for self-determination.

“Jammu and Kashmir dispute is an unfinished agenda of the partition of the sub-continent,” Sharif said.

“No power can deter us from supporting our Kashmiri brethren in their just and legitimate struggle for the exercise of their right to self-determination guaranteed to them by the UNSC relevant resolutions,” he said.

Sharif condemned what he described as Indian violation of LoC and said Pakistan was capable of defending itself.

“No external force has the capability or capacity to challenge the sovereignty and territorial integrity of Pakistan. We have the best armed forces in the world and we are proud of that,” he said. According to several statements by PMO, Sharif spent hectic day, consulting his aides on the security situation.

Sharif was briefed regularly by the security institutions on the situation on the LOC.

National Security Adviser Nasir Janjua submitted a comprehensive report on the LOC situation to the PM office.

Sharif showed satisfaction on the level of preparedness of Pakistani armed forces.

Interior Minister Nisar Ali Khan met Sharif and discussed the security situation.

Sharif has convened a cabinet meeting on Friday. He also called a meeting of National Security Committee on Tuesday with special invitation to all the Chief Ministers to deliberate at length the emerging scenario across the Line of Control and “brutal state oppression” in Kashmir.

Another statement said that he convened the joint session of the Parliament on Wednesday to reaffirm the national resolve for safeguarding the sovereignty and preserving the territorial integrity of the motherland against any kind of external or internal threat as well as reiterating the moral, political and diplomatic support to the people of Kashmir.

Sharif will take nation and Parliament into confidence, it added.

Sharif paid rich tributes to jawans who have been killed in the firing.

Nawaz Sharif later reviewed Pakistan’s defence preparedness, holding talks with army chief Raheel Sharif and other top aides.

Sharif and Raheel had a telephonic conversation during which they discussed situation at the Line of Control (LoC), The News reported, citing sources.

Raheel apprised the premier over the firing incidents at the LoC, the sources said, adding that the army chief told him that Indian claims of surgical strikes were “baseless”.

Sharif told the army chief that the entire nation had high morale and was committed to defend the motherland along with the armed forces.

Pak summons Indian envoy:

The Pakistan Foreign Office on Thursday summoned Indian High Commissioner Gautam Bambawale over the “unprovoked” cross-border firing by Indian Army in which two Pakistani soldiers were killed.

According to Foreign Office sources, Pakistan “strongly” condemned the firing across the Line of Control.

Foreign Secretary Aizaz Chaudhry handed over the protest note to Bambawale, sources said. (PTI/IANS)

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