Pak forms committee to draw India-Kashmir policy

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ISLAMABAD:- Pakistan's advisor to the Prime Minister, Sartaj Aziz informed the Senate on Tuesday that a high-level committee has been formed to formulate 'a doable and sustainable India-Kashmir policy'.

The committee will consist of senior officials from the ministries of defense, interior and information, the Military Operations Directorate, Inter-Services Intelligence (ISI) and the Intelligence Bureau (IB).

He said the committee will be headed by foreign secretary Aizaz Chaudhry and that it could co-opt additional members if required.

Aziz also said that a committee, chaired by the information secretary, had been formed to prepare fact sheets, counter India's propaganda campaign and design a media strategy to continuously highlight the Kashmiri freedom struggle.

He said that the Ministry of Information Technology had been asked to prepare a comprehensive strategy to highlight the Jammu and Kashmir dispute via social media.

He added that steps were being taken to highlight Indian interference in Pakistan's internal affairs, as well as its support for subversive activities and human rights violations in Kashmir, Dawn News reported.

He claimed that steps were already being taken to reach out to segments of the Indian public that were "opposed to Narendra Modi's extremism," saying: "Our missions abroad, including in New Delhi, are making outreach efforts to emphasize the extremist Indian policies," he remarked.

Talking about measures to counter India's efforts to isolate Pakistan in the region, Aziz said Pakistan was doing its utmost to engage the international community, including regional partners.

He said Pakistan was supportive of all initiatives for peace and stability in the region, adding that this commitment to regional peace and stability was evident from the decision to participate in the Heart of Asia ministerial conference in Amritsar, despite the postponement of SAARC summit in Islamabad because of India, reported Dawn News


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