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Federal Cabinet approves suspension of bilateral ties & trade with India

Apprising the media on the decisions taken by the Federal Cabinet, Dr. Firdous Ashiq Awan noted that Pakistan has suspended all bilateral ties with India, alongside suspending the Samjhauta and Thar train services. She announced that focal groups and committees on Kashmir have been established, and the opposition has also been invited to provide recommendations on the Kashmir dispute.

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On Friday, the Federal Cabinet approved Prime Minister Imran Khan’s decision to suspend all bilateral ties with India, along with approving the termination of Samjhauta and Thar train services, and the decisions taken by the National Security Council (NSC).

Dr. Firdous Ashiq Awan, Special Assistant to the Prime Minister on Information and Broadcasting, apprised the media on the decisions taken during the meeting of the federal cabinet, chaired by Prime Minister Imran Khan.

Dr. Awan announced that the federal cabinet has reasserted Pakistan’s decision to take a hardliner stance on India’s illegal annexation of Kashmir, and has pledged not to show any flexibility that would compromise the national interests of Pakistan.

The UN Secretary-General reminded India that as per the UN Charter and the Shimla Agreement, the Kashmir dispute must be settled through peaceful resolutions.

Dr. Firdous said, “The Federal Cabinet has reinstated the measures undertaken by the government for the Kashmiri struggle for freedom, in the aftermath of India’s decision to alter the status quo of the region.”

Focal Committees on Kashmir

She noted the Premier apprised the federal cabinet on the escalating regional situation after India revoked the special constitutional rights of the disputed region of Jammu & Kashmir. The premier ordered the cabinet members to use social media tools to highlight the human rights violations committed by India against the innocent Kashmir protests, and also apprise the world on the direct violations of international laws and UNSC resolutions.

The premier has also ordered the cabinet members to intensify their efforts of highlighting the mal-intentions of New Delhi. Dr. Firdous noted that the international community has supported Prime Minister Imran Khan’s statements on regional peace and stability.

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The Special Assistant to the Prime Minister on Information noted that the government has established focal groups on Kashmir in light of the parliamentary resolution, and these groups will operate as per their mandated role, and submit insightful recommendations to the government.

Dr. Firdous also noted that the federal cabinet has also announced the decision to increase the members of the committees established to subject recommendations on Pakistan’s response in light of India’s illegal annexation of Kashmir. She noted that opposition parties and their leaders have also been invited to join these committees and aid the government.

The committee will also include the President and Prime Minister of Azad Jammu & Kashmir (AJK), alongside the governor of Gilgit Baltistan (GB). The PTI-led government has also extended an invitation to the Chief of Jamaat-e-Islami, Sirajul Haq.

Diplomatic Victory for Pakistan

Dr. Firdous stated that the federal cabinet has admired the statement issued by the UN Secretary-General, Antonio Guterres, with regards to Kashmir, wherein he has raised concerns over the situation.

The UN Secretary-General reminded India that as per the UN Charter and the Shimla Agreement, the Kashmir dispute must be settled through peaceful resolutions. The federal cabinet commended the vision of Prime Minister Imran Khan and express confidence in the wisdom of the initiatives he has taken.

Dr. Firdous observed that Modi’s decision to abolish the constitutional rights of a Muslim-majority state reminds the world of Hitler’s extremism and fascist ideologies. 

Responding to a question on the decision to suspend trade ties with New Delhi, Dr. Firdous confirmed that this decision has been approved by the federal cabinet. In response to another question regarding Shahbaz Sharif’s accusations on Maryam Nawaz’s arrest, she raised questions on the personal ties between Sharif brothers and the leadership and businessmen of India.

Tweeting from her official account on Friday, Dr. Firdous appreciated the statement of the UN Secretary-General, regarding it as a “diplomatic victory” for the country, given that the United Nations and the international community has accepted Islamabad’s long-standing stance on the Kashmir dispute.

Special Assistant to the Prime Minister on Information noted that the international community has accepted Kashmir as a disputed territory, and it is evident that this dispute can only be resolved in light of the UNSC resolutions.

Dr. Firdous observed that Modi’s decision to abolish the constitutional rights of a Muslim-majority state reminds the world of Hitler’s extremism and fascist ideologies.

Dr. Firdous added that this is a clear indication that the principled and hardliner stance adopted by Prime Minister Imran Khan and the PTI-led government has garnered the approval of the United Nations, and the international community. She added that the government of Pakistan is willing to go to any extent to extend support to the justified Kashmiri struggle for their right of self-determination.

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She stressed that Pakistan is a responsible democratic state, and it has ushered forward a justified stance on Kashmir, which is in line with the resolutions of the UN Security Council. She stated that Prime Minister Imran Khan’s vision is dominated by regional peace and security, and China has also supported Pakistan in this regard.

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