ISLAMABAD - Chairman National Assembly Standing Committee on Foreign Affairs Sardar Awais Ahmed Khan Leghari yesterday urged the United Nations to play its role in resolution of Kashmir issue.

Speaking at a seminar on Pakistan's Foreign Policy: The Role of Parliament organised by the Institute of Strategic Studies (ISS), Islamabad on Tuesday, Leghari called for Pakistan’s continued moral and diplomatic support to Kashmiris' struggle for self-determination.

Awais, who was chief guest of the event, said Pakistan should continue to seek comprehensive engagement with India on all outstanding issues.

He said the government of Pakistan has to selectively engage with India in key areas, including resolution of Kashmir issue, water, bilateral dialogue, trade, culture and communication.

The chairman NA committee said Pakistan should continue to call for the resolution of the Kashmir dispute as the core issue between the two countries. Continuity of the proactive diplomacy on Kashmir on all international fora should be pursued, he said.

He said that National Assembly Committee on Foreign Affairs had recommended that Pakistan should not encourage calls for active support of banned and militant groups in Kashmir.

The committee, he said emphasised the need for expansion of democratic space by tapping into civil society voices in Azad Jammu and Kashmir as well as Indian Occupied Kashmir and seeking reduction in state-sponsored violence against Kashmiris in IOK.

Member National Assembly Shah Mehmood Qureshi said in a changing world parliament should have enhanced role in policy making on foreign affairs.

Senator Farhatullah Babar said historically the role of civilian governments and parliament have been restricted on national issues.

He said Pakistan has veered away from becoming welfare driven state and has become a security driven state.

Others who spokes on the occasion were Ambassador Fauzia Nasreen, Ahmed Bilal Mehboob Chief Executive PILDAT, Muhammad Rashid Mafzool Zaka of PIPs and Professor Dr Rifaat Hussain.