Pakistan fully capable to meet internal, external threats : PM

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Pakistan is fully capable of meeting any internal or external security threat with the complete resolve of its people and valiant armed forces.

This was reaffirmed at a high-level meeting in Islamabad today with Prime Minister Muhammad Nawaz Sharif in the chair.

The meeting expressed deep concern on the increase in systematic human rights violations in Occupied Kashmir and strongly condemned brutal use of force by Indian security forces.

Addressing the meeting, Prime Minister Nawaz Sharif said that the world is a witness that Pakistan has given tremendous sacrifices for global peace. He said Pakistan has shown unequalled and unprecedented restraint despite great provocation.

He said that Pakistan will continue to struggle for a peaceful South Asia with a view to enable its people the progress and prosperity of the 21st century.

Prime Minister reiterated that violence on Kashmiris for their right to self-determination, promised by United Nations Security Council resolutions, will never be tolerated and the oppressed Kashmiris deserve not only Pakistan’s support but also the support of the entire world.  He said that Pakistan will continue to extend its moral and diplomatic support to Kashmiris until the issue of Kashmir is resolved as per aspirations of Kashmiri people.

The Prime Minister said that the Indus Water Treaty was mutually agreed arrangement between India and Pakistan brokered by the World Bank in 1960 and no one country can unilaterally separate itself from the treaty.

The meeting reviewed other matters pertaining to national and regional security. The Participants expressed satisfaction over the preparedness of the armed forces to defend the territorial integrity of Pakistan.

The meeting attended by Federal Ministers Chaudhary Nisar Ali and Ishaq Dar, Chief of Army Staff General Raheel Sharif, National Security Advisor Nasser Janjua, Foreign Secretary Aizaz Chaudhry,  Director General Military Operations and senior civil and military officials.

APP/Zaheer