Imran Khan holds NSC meeting

Urges UNSC to take note of Kashmir situation
Imran Khan holds NSC meeting

Pakistan Prime Minister Imran Khan on Sunday chaired a meeting of the National Security Committee to hold consultations with the country's top civil and military leadership over the sudden spike in tensions with India.

Khan called the meeting after the army alleged that Indiaused cluster bombs to target the civilian population in Pakistan-administeredKashmir (PaK).

The Indian Army on Saturday termed as "lies anddeceit" Pakistan's allegations that Indian troops used cluster bombstargeting civilians along the Line of Control.

The NSC meeting was attended by Defence Minister PervezKhattak, Foreign Minister Shah Mehmood Qureshi, Army Chief General Qamar JavedBajwa and other top officials.

In a series of tweets, Khan said that it's time for USPresident Donald Trump to mediate on the Kashmir issue. "President Trumpoffered to mediate on Kashmir. This is the time to do so as situationdeteriorates there and along the LOC with new aggressive actions beingtaken" by Indian forces," he said, adding that this has the"potential to blow up into a regional crisis".

Last month, Trump had made a stunning claim that PrimeMinister Narendra Modi asked him to mediate on the vexed issue during theirmeeting in Japan, evoking a sharp reaction from India which denied PM Modimaking any such request.

In another tweet, Khan said the people of Kashmir "mustbe allowed to exercise their right to self determination according to UNSCresolutions."

"The only road to peace & security in South Asiaruns through a peaceful & just settlement of Kashmir," he tweeted.

He also alleged that India was using "clustermunitions" and asked the UN Security Council to take note of this.                 Khan also condemned allegedIndian attacks on the civilian population.

Special Assistant to Prime Minister on Information andBroadcasting Dr Firdous Ashiq Awan said that the political leadership ofPakistan needs to come on the same page and "send a message of unity andsolidarity".

Meanwhile, Foreign Minister Qureshi on Sunday contacted theOrganisation for Islamic Cooperation (OIC) Secretary General Yousef bin AhmedAl Othaimeen and discussed "increasing Indian aggression in Kashmir"with him, reported Radio Pakistan.

Earlier, Qureshi chaired an emergency consultative meetingat the Foreign Office in Islamabad, and urged the international community andworld human rights watchdogs to take immediate notice of the situation.

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