ISLAMABAD - Setting aside their differences with the government on host of issues, the political leaders across the spectrum yesterday said they firmly stand united against a belligerent and oppressive India.

All the participants of an all-parties conference convened by Prime Minister Nawaz Sharif wowed to continue extending moral, political and diplomatic support to Kashmiris’ just cause of self-determination guaranteed to them by the UN.

Although the main opposition parties’ leaders like PPP Chairman Bilawal Bhutto Zardari and PTI Vice-Chairman Shah Mehmood Qureshi did refer to their political differences with the government on certain issues, they said the whole nations was one on the defence of the motherland and Kashmir issue.

At the outset of the meeting Fateha was offered for the Shuhada of Pakistan’s armed forces and Kashmiri martyrs.

Prime Minister Nawaz Sharif described Kashmiris and Pakistanis “inseparable” and said “relentless efforts” would be made to highlight the plight of Kashmiris at every international forum with the support of all political parties.

He said the meeting has made Pakistan strong and the Kashmir cause further stronger. “We stand united on matters of national importance, particularly the Kashmir cause.”

The participants, after deliberations, unanimously resolved to stand united against Indian aggression and belligerence and not let any sectional interest come in the way of country’s defence.

A joint resolution issued latter pledged unflinching support to Kahmiris and strongly condemned brutalities of the occupying forces.

Bilawal Bhutto Zardari in his remarks said that despite differences on multiple issues, his PPP stands with the government on Kashmir issue and Indian aggression on the Line of Control (LoC).

He termed it a “turning point” in Indo-Pak relations and said only a united Pakistan can counter Indian aggression. He said his party would work along with the government to achieve national security objectives. There was no military solution to the Kashmir dispute, he added.

Shah Mehmood Qureshi said the PTI, after setting aside all differences with the government, has participated in the conference with a clear message to the world and India that “we all stand united in solidarity with the people of Kashmir.”

Speaking on the Indus Waters Treaty, Qureshi said it was not even affected during the Kargil episode, and mentioned the irresponsible attitude of the Indian government on the issue.

JI chief Siraj ul Haq said, “We are with the government, valiant armed forces and the people of Pakistan. We want that in the national interest, a unified message for Pakistan and Kashmir should be formulated.”

Fazlur Rehman of JUI-F stressed the need for forging national unity and said a collective voice and resolve of the entire nation was the need of the hour. He called for highlighting brutal state oppression in IoK, both at the political and diplomatic level.

“Our political and diplomatic force needs to build upon the momentum generated by the recent Kashmiri uprising,” he added.

Senator Aitzaz Ahsan of PPP said, “Our stance is very clear that Kashmir issue must be resolved as per aspirations of the Kashmiri people. We stand with the government that Indus water treaty cannot be revoked unilaterally by one country.”

Syed Khurshid Shah suggested establishment of Parliamentary Committee on National Security.

Kamil Ali Agha of PML-Q said there was no compromise on Pakistan defence. “We are one nation and one voice on this issue.”

Participants praised the PM for vociferously pleading the case of Kashmiris in his recent speech at UNGA.