ISLAMABAD, Feb 23 : The Parliamentary Committee on Kashmir Thursday unanimously decided to constitute a sub-committee for formulating a comprehensive and broad-based policy on the Kashmir issue, with the mandate to improve the coordination mechanism between the Government of Azad Jammu & Kashmir and the Ministry of Kashmir Affairs & Gilgit-Baltistan.
The decision to the effect was taken in the 33rd meeting (in-camera) of the committee here at the Parliament House under the chairmanship of Makhdoomzada Syed Basit Ahmed Sultan.
The meeting was attended by committee members Sardar Riaz Mahmood Khan Mazari, Muhammad Sajjad, Malik Sohail Khan, Muhammad Jamal Ud Din (MNAs) and Senator Mushahid Hussain Sayed, besides Adviser to the Prime Minister on Kashmir Affairs & Gilgit-Baltistan Qamar Zaman Kaira, AJK Prime Minister Sardar Tanveer Ilyas Khan and ministers Ch Akbar Ibrahim and Abdul Majid Khan, and senior officers from Ministry of Foreign Affairs, Kashmir Affairs & GB, Defence, Interior, Information & Broadcasting, Human Rights, National Security Division, PEMRA and AJK Government.
The Secretary Foreign Affairs briefed the committee on the latest situation of the Kashmir dispute, the human rights violations in the Indian Illegally Occupied Jammu and Kashmir (IIOJK), and the activities held in connection with the Kashmir Solidarity Day on February 5.
He also apprised the committee regarding the up-coming G-20 meeting proposed to be held by India in the disputed area of IIOJK.
Qamar Zaman Kaira, Adviser to the Prime Minister on Kashmir Affairs & GB, also gave a briefing to the committee on the Kashmir issue and Kashmir Solidarity Day activities. He also responded to the various issues raised by the Azad Jammu & Kashmir prime minister and finance minister.
The officials of the Ministry of Information & Broadcasting, Pakistan Electronic Media Regulatory Authority and the Defence and National Security Division also briefed the committee regarding the observance of Kashmir Solidarity Day.
Earlier, the committee chairman welcomed the members, special invitees and senior officers in the meeting.
The committee also offered Fateha for the departed souls of civilians, including Sher Alam Mahsud, Ex-Secretary, Ministry of Kashmir Affairs & GB and the martyrs of Pakistan armed forces, police other law enforcement agencies and Kashmiri freedom fighters, including those leaders who died in the illegal, unlawful custody of Indian forces in the IIOJK, and the victims of the earthquake in Turkiye and Syria.