NEW YORK - The massive diplomatic campaign, launched by Prime Minister Nawaz Sharif immediately after his arrival here on Sunday, continued through Monday aiming at mustering support of the global community for what is being termed ‘Mission Kashmir’ by diplomatic circles.

During his bilateral meetings with different world leaders, he brushed aside all international and bilateral issues and laid complete focus on highlighting the atrocities of the occupying Indian forces that were committing crime against humanity by killing dozens of men, women and children.

During his meetings with US Secretary of State John Kerry, British Prime Minister Theresa May, New Zealand Premier John Key and Saudi Deputy Prime Minister and Crown Prince Muhammad bin Naif bin Abdulaziz Al Saud, he opened no other issue and urged them to exert their pressure on India to stop brutal use of force against Kashmiri people.

Foreign Secretary Aizaz Chaudhry, while exclusively talking to The Nation, said the prime minister’s tone and tenor, during the course of his interaction with world leaders, was reflective of his commitment to the cause of the Kashmiri people suffering at the hands of the Indian troops and yet refusing to accept Indian hegemony against their will.

Similarly, during his meeting with British Premier May, the foreign secretary said, the prime minister only talked about fast deteriorating situation in the occupied valley, conveying to her Pakistan’s serious concern over loss of lives and blinding of hundreds of Kashmiris as a result of use of pellet guns by the Indian troops.

The foreign secretary was of the candid view that during the prime minister’s stay in New York, Pakistan’s voice would be heard across the world and added the premier asked the US in categorical terms to stop India from its brutal acts in the Kashmir Valley.

He said Prime Minister Nawaz Sharif urged the Saudi crown prince to seek consensus among the Muslims countries on the issue of Kashmiri people’s sufferings.

Pakistan’s Permanent Representative at the United Nations, Dr Maleeha Lodhi, confided to this correspondent that the prime minister’s crusade against India’s state terrorism in the illegally held Kashmir Valley was bound to succeed since he had come to the United Nations with the clear objective of making global community realise their responsibility to protect human rights of Kashmiri people and exercise their influence to stop Indian authorities from committing crime against humanity.

She said Nawaz Sharif, during his meeting with John Kerry, not only raised the issue of Jammu & Kashmir but also, without mincing his words, sought condemnation of brutal human rights violations being committed by the Indian security forces. He also urged America to ask India to stop these atrocities forthwith.

She said the situation in the occupied valley was untenable and necessitated urgent efforts to force India to listen to the international voices. “This is consistent Indian attitude that it blames Pakistan for everything that goes wrong. It is about time that India should realise its own follies for depriving the Kashmiri people of their right to self-determination,” she remarked. “Nothing can deter us from supporting our Kashmiri brethren since it is Pakistan’s fundamental responsibility. We have to send diplomatic delegations to the world capitals besides sending positive signals at the same time to Kashmiri people that Pakistan would stand by their side during turbulent times,” Dr Lodhi said.

She said another success of the prime minister’s ‘Mission Kashmir’ today was that the OIC Contact Group on Kashmir had adopted a report calling upon the Muslim Ummah to stand up to support Kashmiris’ struggle. She added this report would now be sent to the member states’ foreign ministers for onward transmission to their capitals.