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Pakistan raises Kashmir issue at NAM summit, says it is outraged by suppression of innocent civilians

Pakistan has endorsed the agreement at NAM summit to undertake measures to oppose terrorism and violent extremism. Photograph: (AFP)

WION Margarita Island, Nueva Esparta, Venezuela Sep 18, 2016, 08.11 PM (IST)
Continuing with its efforts to internationalise the Kashmir issue, Pakistan on Sunday took up the matter on the second day of the NAM summit in Venezuela. 

Head of the Pakistani delegation and the Adviser on Foreign Affairs Sartaj Aziz said the group should be outraged by the situation in the Indian state of Kashmir. 

Aziz said resolving the Kashmir issue in accordance with the resolutions of the UN Security Council is imperative to the peace in South Asia.

"It is tragic that 60 years after being promised, the people of Jammu and Kashmir are still waiting to exercise their inalienable right to self-determination and Kashmir along with Palestine has become one of the longstanding items on the UN agenda," Aziz said.

"We should also be outraged by the horrific images of innocent Kashmiris being killed, maimed and blinded by the use of boot force in Kashmir in the last two months," he added.

Aziz asserted that Pakistan strongly endorses the NAM agreement to undertake measures to oppose terrorism and violent extremism. 

"We condemn terrorism in all its forms and manifestations. ..Pakistan has lost tens of thousands of lives in this fight yet are resolve is firm, our commitment unflinching and our actions tougher and more wide-ranging than ever," Aziz said.

Aziz told the 120-nation group that Pakistan is willing to share the valuable experience it has acquired in successfully tackling the menace of terrorism in the past three years.  

(WION with inputs from agencies)
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