ISLAMABAD: Leader of Opposition in the National Assembly Shehbaz Sharif on Wednesday strongly condemned massive human rights violations being committed by brutal occupation forces in Indian occupied Kashmir (IoK), asking the government to send special envoys to different countries to highlight plight of the innocent people and the longstanding issue of Kashmir.
Speaking in the National Assembly, he underlined the need for taking up the Kashmir issue at international fora, especially the United Nations, to give the people of Kashmir their legitimate right to self-determination in accordance with the resolutions of the UN Security Council.
He said Pakistan should demand the UN to send its fact-finding mission to the IoK and cases should be registered against those involved in repression there. The Parliament should adopt a united stance on the Kashmir dispute, he said, appreciating a resolution passed by the House the other day to express solidarity with the people of Kashmir.
The opposition leader also condemned the atrocities being perpetrated by the Israeli forces in Palestine and asked the international community to take notice of the same.
Shehbaz said Saudi Arabia had always extended every kind of assistance to Pakistan, including financial one in difficult times. “Saudi Arabia is a trustworthy friend of Pakistan, which always extended all possible support in need of the hour," he added.
He said Saudi Arabia had given the financial package to 22 million people and for progress, prosperity and development of Pakistan”. He said the entire nation and the Parliament should express their gratitude to the Kingdom for giving a sizable package to Pakistan.
He recalled that in 1998, the then government had rejected the offer of million dollars and conducted nuclear tests and that time only Saudi Arabia was a country that come forward and provided free oil to Pakistan. “China, Saudi Arabia, Turkey and China are time tested friends of Pakistan,” he added.
He stressed the need for exhibiting greater unity and keeping national interest supreme for better future of the country.
Shehbaz Sharif claimed that he had never asked for the National Reconciliation Ordinance (NRO) and asked to reveal the name of the person who had approached the government on behalf of the PML-N in that regard.
The PML-N president also criticized increase in gas and electricity prices. He reiterated his party's concerns over irregularities in the recent general election.