LAHORE - Punjab Chief Minister Shehbaz Sharif says there is no justification for silence of world community on violation of human rights in Occupied Kashmir.

“Without resolving Kashmir dispute, lasting peace cannot be maintained in the region,” the chief minister said while talking to German journalists yesterday.

He said the Kashmir dispute should be resolved in accordance with UN resolutions and the aspirations of Kashmiri people. “Kashmiri people are fighting the war for freedom. And India cannot stop this freedom movement through atrocities as Kashmir dispute is a problem of humanity, human rights and freedom,” the CM added while urging the world powers to play its effective role for checking atrocities.

Shehbaz Sharif said that thousands of innocent Muslims were martyred in Gujrat during Modi regime in the Indian province. He stressed that the world community should pressurise India to stop bloodshed in Kashmir. “The real face of so-called champion of democracy has been exposed through Indian barbarism against Kashmiris, who are struggling for independence. Now world community should play its due role for resolving Kashmir dispute,” he told the German media.

He further said that Pakistan will continue moral and diplomatic support for Kashmiris.

Referring to Pak-China Economic Corridor, CM Shehbaz said that this project is a game changer and Pakistan will be put on the road to progress and prosperity. “CPEC will play its important role for eliminating terrorism and extremism and poverty alleviation in the region,” he added.

A large number of job opportunities are being created for people of Pakistan through Chinese investment of billions of dollars, the CM said, adding that with the completion of electricity projects, darkness will be removed and process of development will be accelerated.

Lauding the German nation which has made progress in every sector through hard work and courage, Shehbaz Sharif said that Punjab has cooperation of German companies in different sectors including technical education. The role of Germany in the development of Pakistan is also laudable, he further said.

He also urged Germany to play its role for resolving Kashmir dispute and stopping Indian cruelties against unarmed Kashmiris like it served the humanity by giving shelter to Syrian refuges.

The chief minister also told the German media that political and military leadership of Pakistan jointly decided to eliminate the menace of terrorism, and splendid successes have been achieved with regard to elimination of terrorism during three years. “Entire nation is united for eliminating terrorism. Pakistani nation and Pak Army have written a new history of bravery and valor against terrorism.”

He said that more than 50 thousand Pakistanis embraced martyrdom in the incidents of terrorism, which is unprecedented. He said that terrorism is an international issue and the world nations will have to work jointly for its elimination.

Those who met the chief minister included Managing Editor Der Tagesspiegel, Ingrid Muller, Naomi Conrad expert in political affairs of Deutsche Welle, Daniel Dylan Peter Bohmer expert journalist of foreign and security affairs and others.

Punjab government spokesman Syed Zaeem Hussain Qadri, information secretary and others were also present on the occasion.

CM greets Saudi envoy

on national day

Chief Minister Shehbaz Sharif went to the residence of Saudi Ambassador in Pakistan Abdullah Bin Marzouk Al-Zahrani in diplomatic enclave Islamabad yesterday.

He congratulated the Saudi ambassador, government, people and diplomatic staff on national day of Saudi Arabia and expressed good wishes. The chief minister also presented a bouquet to the Saudi envoy.

Talking to Saudi Ambassador, Shehbaz Sharif said that people of Pakistan are proud of their ties with Saudi Arabia. He said that Pak-Saudi cooperation in trade, investment, industry and defense sectors is further cementing brotherly relations. “Pakistani people consider construction and development of Saudi Arabia as their welfare while Saudi people consider incidents and situation of Pakistan as their affairs and problems.”

Shehbaz thanked the Saudi government and people for cooperation in public welfare programmes in Pakistan.

Saudi Ambassador, talking on the occasion, said that Pakistan and Saudi Arabia have strong relations and added that he considers Pakistan as his second home.