Shehbaz, Bilawal absent from opposition APC on Kashmir

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ISLAMABAD: PPP Chairman Bilawal Bhutto Zardari and PML-N Vice President Shehbaz Sharif were absent from the opposition’s All-Parties Conference (APC) on Kashmir, on Monday.

According to detals, opposition parties are meeting today (Monday) to discuss the political and regional situation after India’s revocation of Article 370 of the constitution.

The meeting is being chaired by JUI-F chief Maulana Fazalur Rehman. Senior leaders of the PPP and PML-N are part of the meeting apart from Bilawal and Shehbaz.

Bilawal Bhutto Zardari and Maulana Fazlur Rehman met last night to discuss the agenda of the APC.

The development comes a few days after the United Nations Security Council (UNSC) met for the first time in over 50 years to discuss the Kashmir issue.

The UNSC urged both parties to de-escalate and avoid from taking any unilateral action in the tense atmosphere.

On August 5, India revoked Article 370 of the constitution that guaranteed special status to occupied Jammu and Kashmir. The action was protested by Pakistan, who downgraded diplomatic ties with New Delhi and suspended trade with its neighbour.

Security forces of both countries exchange heavy fire regularly on the Line of Control. On Friday, Pakistan claimed that it had killed five Indian soldiers while it had lost three of its own.

The opposition and government had approved a joint resolution in the parliament after the Kashmir issue took place, condemning India’s action. The government and opposition parties have both condemned India and backed the government in the current fiasco.

On Saturday, DG ISPR Major General Asif Ghafoor said that in case of any misadventure by India, the armed forces were fully capable to respond to any threat.

“We will fight to the last bullet and to the last soldier for the people of Kashmir,” he said.