LAHORE: Punjab Chief Minister Muhammad Shehbaz Sharif has said that India must realize that Kashmiri people cannot be deprived of their inalienable right to self-determination through continued brutalities.
He was talking to a high-level parliamentary delegation of Azad Jammu and Kashmir (AJK) comprising of Ministers and members of the legislative assembly and led by the AJK Prime Minister Raja Farooq Haider Khan which called on him here on Friday.
Both the leaders strongly condemned the Indian brutalities against unarmed Kashmiri people in occupied Kashmir and violations of line of control.
Shehbaz Sharif said that international conscience is needed to be awakened over the worst form of carnalities committed by the Indian occupied army against unarmed Kashmiris.
He said the government of PML-N is providing sufficient funds for different programs aiming at providing basic necessities of life to the people of Azad Kashmir; adding that wonderful steps have been taken for the development and prosperity of Azad Jammu and Kashmir . There is no example of such steps taken for the welfare of the AJK people in the seventy years’ history of the country, he added.
The Punjab Chief Minister said that funds have been provided by the Punjab government from its budget for the development and prosperity of Azad Jammu and Kashmir . Meanwhile, the students of AJK are also fully benefiting from the educational schemes of the Punjab government along with other provinces.
Shehbaz vowed that Punjab will continue to lend a helping hand for the betterment of the AJK people in future, as well. The development of Azad Jammu and Kashmir is in fact the progress of Pakistan and we all have to cover this journey of development collectively, he added. The Chief Minister also assured to solve the problems of the refugees settled in the Punjab province.