PM Nawaz chairs All Parties Conference to discuss Indian aggression, LoC

ISLAMABAD: Prime Minister Nawaz Sharif is presiding over a meeting with the heads of all parliamentary parties here on Monday to discuss ongoing Indian aggression along the Line of Control (LoC) and Indian atrocities in held Kashmir.

The meeting has been convened with the one-point agenda to send a “clear message to the outside world” regarding what the government feels is continued Indian aggression along the LoC as well as Indian atrocities in held Kashmir.

PM greets PPP Chairman Bilawal Bhutto. ─DawnNews
PM greets PPP Chairman Bilawal Bhutto. ─DawnNews

Footage from the start of the meeting showed the prime minister senior political leaders — including opposition members who launched a campaign to remove him from office.

Foreign Secretary Aizaz Ahmad Chaudhry briefed participants about the latest situation in occupied Kashmir and the LoC.

An invitation to attend the meeting was extended to heads of all parties across the the two houses of parliament without discrimination. The only exception was Sheikh Rashid Ahmed, the sole member of his Awami Muslim League in the National Assembly. According to a senior PM official the exception has been made at at all such gatherings during the term of the current government.

The prime minister welcomed the heads of all delegations as they arrived for the meeting with a handshake.

Rising tensions

Earlier in September, tensions between India and Pakistan soared as at least two Pakistan Army soldiers were killed in an incident of open firing by Indian troops on the first line of defence. While India claimed to have performed a “surgical strike” by crossing the disputed boundary, Pakistani Army rubbished those claims as “baseless”.

After blaming Pakistan for the Sept 18 attack on the Uri army camp, India this month initiated a diplomatic drive to isolate Pakistan by opting out of attending the Saarc summit.

Temperature between the South Asian rivals has been high since an Indian crackdown on dissent in India-held Kashmir following the killing by Indian forces of Burhan Wani, a young separatist leader, in July.

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