Islamabad -  The Senate on Friday unanimously adopted a resolution expressing solidarity with the Kashmiri people in their struggle for the right to self-determination.

The resolution, moved by MQM Senator Nasreen Jalil, strongly denounced the Indian atrocities in the occupied valley and urged the international community and the United Nations to take notice of the brutalities and basic human rights violations.

Earlier, Minister for Power Awais Leghari said that Pakistan has consistently strived to maintain a close, cordial and mutually supportive relationship with its neighboring countries including Afghanistan and India.

He told the House on behalf of the Minister of Foreign Affairs during question-hour that “we want the resolution of all outstanding issues with India including the Jammu and Kashmir dispute”.

He said that “this desire has consistently been reiterated during high-level engagements as well as other official interactions with India but our positive overtures have not been reciprocated”.

The minister said that “continuing Indian denial of UN Security Council resolutions on the Jammu and Kashmir dispute and gross human rights violations in the occupied valley are matters of serious concerns for us and the international community”.

Opposition Leader in the Senate Aitzaz Ahsan and other opposition members voiced concern over the recent clash between two student groups in the Punjab University.

In his remarks, Leader of the House Raja Zafar-ul-Haq said Punjab Police Inspector General has been asked to release the injured students and shift them to a hospital.

Interior Minister Ahsan Iqbal said that the Punjab chief minister has assured to resolve the matter.

Interior Minister Ahsan Iqbal also said that his ministry was striving to find out whereabouts of peace activist Raza Mahmood Khan, who went missing on December 2 last year.

He said that efforts were underway to recover Khan but no headway has so far been made. Iqbal also told the Senate that the Inquiry Commission for Missing Persons will hear the missing activist's case on February 9. "Representatives of all agencies will appear before the commission and will be questioned."

On Chairman Senate Raza Rabbani's question on the agencies' version on whether Khan was in their custody, the interior minister said that no agency has so far confirmed anything on the matter.

Iqbal, who also holds the additional portfolio of Planning Commission, also informed the House that five billion dollars of investment has been mobilized to exploit coal in Thar.

He said that Thar coal was a precious asset which valued more than the cumulative energy reservoirs of Saudi Arabia and Iran.

The minister clarified that the loans taken from China for infrastructure development under the CPEC project were concessional in nature.

He dismissed any irregularity or misappropriation in the CPEC-related projects.

The House passed the National University of Technology Bill, moved by Minister for Science and Technology Rana Tanveer Hussain.

Earlier during the question-hour, Minister for Parliamentary Affairs Sheikh Aftab Ahmad said that Hakla-DI Khan road which is part of the western route of CPEC will be completed by May next year.

Minister of State for Maritime Affairs Jaffer Iqbal told the House that Pakistan National Shipping Corporation comprises modernized fleet and it was in the process of purchasing two more tanker vessels to cater for the requirements of the country.

Minister of State for Inter-provincial Coordination Dr Darshan said that drug laboratories have been established in the federal capital and provinces to ensure the quality of medicine in the country.

Minister for Federal Education Baligur Rehman said that international donors have started contributing to Malala Fund established in 2012. He said Pakistan has contributed 10 million dollars and this fund will be used for promotion of girls' education.

The House was prorogued sine die.