Pakistan Prime Minister Nawaz Sharif has appointed at least 22 parliamentarians as special envoys to raise the issue of 'atrocities committed by India in Kashmir' at an international level. Sharif said in a statement that he plans to send all these envoys to fight for the "Kashmir cause" in different regions of the world.
He asked all the appointed officials to ensure that the "Kashmir cause" is portrayed well across the world so that Pakistan can make a dent on the collective conscience of the international community. The Pakistan PM is expected to raise the Kashmir issue at the United Nations in September, 2016.
"I have decided to send these parliamentarians for fighting the Kashmir cause in different parts of the World. These special envoys have strength of the people of Pakistan, prayers from the Kashmiri people across the Line of Control, mandate of the Parliament and support from the government", the Pak PM said.
Sharif also added that collectively they will set to remind the United Nations of its 'long-held' promise of self determination of the Kashmiri people.
I am standing behind these special envoys to ensure their toil for highlighting the Kashmir Cause resonates across the world so that I can shake the collective conscience of the international community during my address at the UN this September," Sharif added.
Sharif said that the Kashmir issue has been the most persistent failure of the UN and that the body needs to establish its relevance by acting urgently on it and coming with a solution to the problem.
Kashmir entered its 50th day of unrest on Saturday, which was prompted by the killing of Hizbul Mujahideen militant Burhan Wani. The Valley has been put under a curfew since frequent clashes between the security forces and the protesters in the region began. The violence in Kashmir has led to the death of almost 70 people.
Jammu and Kashmir CM Mehbooba Mufti met Prime Minister Narendra Modi on Saturday to discuss the government's initiative in calming the uproar in the Valley. After the meeting, Mufti held a press conference where she stated that Pakistan has been trying to fuel tensions in the state instead of helping the cause.