PR No. 235 PM CHAIRS MEETING TO REVIEW THE SITUATION AFTER THE BUS MASSACRE Islamabad: November 24, 2016
Prime Minister Muhammad Nawaz Sharif chaired meeting on situation after the bus massacre near Neelum valley by the Indian security forces. The meeting also reviewed situation along the LoC in the wake of continued unprovoked firing by the Indian security forces.
The Prime Minister was briefed by Advisor to PM on Foreign Affairs Mr. Sartaj Aziz, DG ISI Lt. Gen. Rizwan Akhtar, SAPM on Foreign Affairs Mr. Tariq Fatemi and National Security Advisor Lt. General (R) Nasser Khan Janjua on the prevailing situation along LoC particularly after the unprovoked ceasefire violations on 23 November 2016, by the Indian occupation Forces in Dhudnial sector, by intentionally targeting a civilian bus and subsequently the ambulances going for the rescue of the injured people. The meeting reiterated its condemnation of the bus massacre and re-affirmed its political, diplomatic and moral support to the people of Indian Occupied Jammu & Kashmir in their just and legitimate struggle for the exercise of their right to self-determination in accordance with the UNSC resolutions.
The meeting urged the international community to take note of the intentional targeting of civilians and increasing number of civilian casualties. The meeting called upon the international community to play its active role in diffusing the deteriorating security situation along the LoC which has been deliberately escalated by the Indian side. The meeting paid rich tributes to the jawans of Armed Forces of Pakistan who laid down their lives while defending their motherland yesterday. The meeting deplored the belligerent targeting of the ambulance which was rescuing the affectees of the attack on the bus, as a blatant violation of International Humanitarian Law. The meeting agreed that India is deliberately trying to divert the attention of the international community from the grave human rights violations, massacres and atrocities being committed by the Indian security forces against the innocent and defenceless Kashmiris in the Indian Occupied Jammu & Kashmir. The world in general and India in particular should know that Pakistani nation will never abandon their Kashmiri brethren and will continue to support them in their just and UN mandated freedom struggle.
Pakistan has exercised maximum restraint despite the continuing ceasefire violations from the Indian security forces along LoC; however, we cannot tolerate deliberate targeting of innocent civilians particularly children and women, the ambulances and the civilian transport, the Prime Minister stated.
Kashmir issue is an unfinished agenda of the partition; we will never abandon our Kashmiri brethren in their freedom struggle, the Prime Minister reiterated.
The meeting was attended by Advisor to PM on Foreign Affairs Mr. Sartaj Aziz, SAPM Mr. Tariq Fatemi, NSA Lt. Gen. (R) Nasser Khan Janjua, DG ISI Lt. Gen. Rizwan Akhtar, Foreign Secretary Aizaz Ahmed Ch. and other senior government officials.