Kashmir campaign to be started in Balochistan, future plan chalked out at Quetta meeting

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QUETTA: A campaign for Kashmiris and their right of self-determination would be launched in Balochistan and a strategy in this regard was discussed at a meeting in Quetta on Tuesday (December 31) between visiting AJK President Sardar Masood Khan and Mir Jamal Khan, Chief Minister Balochistan. The meeting was also attended by Provincial Ministers Mir Zahir Baleedi, Sardar Abdul Rahman Khetran, Abdul Khaliq Hazara, Special assistant to the CM Mir Akbar Asakani, Parliamentary Secretary Mir Sikandar Omani, and Member National Assembly Sardar Israr Tareen.

The two leaders discussed the current human rights situation in Jammu & Kashmir, and ‘condemned’ the Indian Prime Minister’s policies of what a spokesman termed “exclusionism” and also censured the Citizenship Amendment Act.

Sardar Masood expressed his gratitude to the Chief Minister for the support of the Balochistan people who have always raised their voice for the Kashmiri people and in the recent months held rallies and protests against India’s moves in the Jammu and Kashmir. He also thanked the Chief Minister for his recent visit to AJK and for expressing his solidarity with the oppressed people of J&K.

Both the leaders asserted on systematically taking up the Kashmir issue and presenting it at international forums including multilateral platforms like the United Nations. They said that the Kashmir dispute can only be resolved through peaceful diplomatic and political means.

Chief Minister Jam Kamal assured the President that the people of Balochistan will continue to support the just cause of Kashmir and they have taken this up as their moral, national and religious responsibility. “Balochistan’s soil would be used for Kashmir cause”, he assured.

Sardar Masood invited the Balochistan government to create linkages with the AJK government in the fields of industry, economy and small to medium enterprises. He said that we must utilise each other’s expertise in relevant fields especially in the mineral and extractive industry.