Reserve right to respond to any aggression, Pakistan’s message for India
They agreed that Pakistan has a right to respond to any form of aggression after the Indian leadership said it was weighing muscular response against Pakistan in the wake of a recent terror attack on an Indian army base in the held Kashmir.
The meeting expressed satisfaction over the preparedness of the armed forces under the leadership of Chief of the Army Staff (COAS) General Raheel Sharif to defend the territorial integrity of Pakistan and reviewed matters pertaining to national and regional security.
Referring to the endangered Indus Water Treaty, Prime Minister Nawaz Sharif said that neither India nor Pakistan could unilaterally separate itself from the accord since it was mutually signed between the two in 1960and brokered by the World Bank.
The prime minister was chairing the meeting, which was attended by Interior Minister Chaudhry Nisar Ali, Finance Minister Ishaq Dar, COAS, National Security Adviser General (Retired) Nasir Janjua, Foreign Secretary, Director General (DG) Military Operations and senior civil and military officials.
The participants expressed their concerns on the rise in systematic human rights violations in the held Kashmir and condemned the brutal use of force by Indian forces.
The premier said the world witnessed that Pakistan had given tremendous sacrifices for global peace and had shown unequalled and unprecedented restraint despite great provocation.
The meeting agreed that Pakistan would continue to strive for a peaceful South Asia with a view to enable its people the progress and prosperity of the 21st century.
Pakistan was fully capable of meeting any internal or external security threats with the complete resolve of its people and valiant armed forces, the prime minister said.
He insisted that Pakistan would continue to extend its moral and diplomatic support for Kashmiris until the issue of Kashmir was resolved as per their wishes and added, that violence on civilians in Kashmir who were fighting for their freedom would not be tolerated.