Prime Minister Imran Khan’s special committee on Kashmir met on Saturday for the first time.
The seven-member committee was formed on the prime minister’s directives on August 6. The meeting began at 11am at the Foreign Office.
The committee meeting was chaired by Foreign Minister Shah Mahmood Qureshi. The other members are ISI head Lieutenant General Faiz Hameed, ISPR chief Major General Asif Ghafoor, Law Minister Farogh Nasim, Special Adviser to the Prime Minister on Information Firdous Ashiq Awan, parliamentary committee on Kashmir chairperson Fakhar Imam and Attorney General of Pakistan Anwar Mansoor Khan.
The committee will discuss the situation in Indian-Administered Kashmir and Pakistan’s progress in raising the issue on international forums.
It was formed after India repealed Article 370 of its constitution, revoking the special status granted to Kashmir as an autonomous state. A curfew has been imposed in Kashmir ever since India revoked its status.
Pakistan has been raising the issue on various forums. It has written to the UN Security Council, OIC, UN Peacekeeping mission and other countries about the situation.
Following the meeting, Qureshi flanked by the ISPR DG, Awan and Foreign Office spokesperson Dr Mohammad Faisal, said it was a long meeting during which deliberations were held and everyone gave their input.
Discussing Saturday’s meeting, he said first they discussed Friday’s UNSC consultation. It was an important consultation as it has been five decades since the Kashmir issue was raised at the highest forum, the forum which is supposed to resolve it, he said. That forum recognised the importance of the 11 resolutions that have been passed on the Kashmir issue, the importance of the UN charter was mentioned and the UN secretary general’s statement on the issue was also mentioned, he said.
Qureshi called it a “very encouraging session” and called it a victory for Pakistan.