LAHORE - Warning India against its aggression, Punjab Chief Minister Shehhaz Sharif the Army is fully capable of defend the motherland.

 “Indian extremist designs are a threat to peace in the region. Pakistani nation and armed forces are fully prepared to give a befitting reply to any aggression,” the Chief Minister said the while taking to Federal Minister Abdul Qadir Baloch who met him here yesterday.

He said that Indian atrocities and brutalities in Kashmir have crossed all limits. The Chief Minister said that free and fair plebiscite is the right of Kashmiris.  Shehbaz Sharif said that depriving Kashmiris of their right is a ‘grave’ injustice and international community should play its role.

The Chief Minister said that Prime Minister Muhammad Nawaz Sharif has effectively raised Kashmir issue at United Nations.

Separately, Chinese Consul General Yu Boren met CM Shehbaz and discussed situation in Kashmir, Pak-China relations and other matters of mutual interests.

The Chinese diplomat said that China is with Pakistan on the issue of Kashmir and there is no justification of atrocities against the unarmed people in Kashmir. He said that Kashmir issue should be resolved according to the aspiration of Kashmiris. He also assured Chinese support to Pakistan in case of any aggression.

He said the Chinese support to Pakistan on Kashmir issue is a victory of the principled stance of Kashmiris. He said that India should give up its stubbornness and pay attention to a just solution to the Kashmir problem. He said Pakistan will continue to extend political, moral and diplomatic support to Kashmiri people. The Chief Minister also thanked Chinese Consul General for his good wishes.

The Consul General appreciated the pace and standard of ongoing CPEC projects in Punjab and expressed the hope that it will be completed within stipulated period so that people of Pakistan could benefit from them at the earliest. He said that credit for speedy development of Punjab goes to the dynamic leadership of CM Shehbaz and Chinese investors are making large investment in different projects in the province. He said that standard and speed of implementation of development projects is unprecedented.

He said that the pace of implementation of projects in Punjab is even faster than China. He also congratulated Shehbaz on his birthday.

Yu Boren felicitated Chief Minister Shehbaz Sharif and prayed for his long life and health. He presented a bouquet and a cake to Chief Minister Shehbaz Sharif.

Chief Minister Shehbaz Sharif said that China is extending commendable cooperation to Pakistan in its progress and prosperity. He said that timely completion of CPEC projects will be ensured as it will change the destiny of Pakistan. He said that completion of these splendid projects will usher in an era of development and progress in Pakistan. He said that evil designs of the enemy against CPEC project will not be allowed to succeed.

Lawmakers laud PM for

taking up the issue

Lawmakers in the Punjab Assembly Friday hailed Prime Minister Muhammad Nawaz Sharif's address in the United Nations General Assembly in which he presented the Kashmir issue as per aspirations of Kashmiris.

"Now it is high time for the international community to take stock of the ongoing Indian aggression against innocent kashmiris and pressurise India to stop nasty acts," they added.

Talking to APP here, the MPAs, including Muhammad Yasin Sohal, Majid Zahoor, Bao Akhtar Ali, Ghazali Saleem Butt, Mian Muhammad Naseer, Azma Bukhari and Hina Pervaiz Butt,lauded the prime minister's bold stance emphasising on the UN resolutions on Kashmir issue.

They said the prime minsiter unmasked the face of secular India and its state terrorism in the occupied Kashmir before the world leaders.

"The people of Pakistan and Kashmiris in the occupied valley were happy on strongly pleading the case of Kashmir," they added.

They said Pakistan wanted to have good relations with all its neighbouring countries, including India. Peace would not be possible in the region without resolving the kashmir issue, they added.

They urged the United Nations to put pressure on India to stop atrocities in the occupied Kashmir and to come on the negotiating table for amicable solution of the decades long dispute according to wishes of Kashmiris.

"Fair and just plebescite is a right of Kashmiri people and they should be given their right," they observed.