The Federal Cabinet in its meeting in Islamabad on Thursday reposed full confidence in the leadership of Prime Minister Muhammad Nawaz Sharif and endorsed his firm decision not to step down. PML(N) bagged more votes in general elections than the aggregates of those demanding his resignation. Nawaz Sharif reaffirmed that the journey of progress will not be allowed to derail as the country has already paid a huge price due to political crises in the past.

Analyst on Telephone:

Jan Achakzai (Leader, PML-N):

The opposition parties are demanding the resignation of Prime Minister and member of the Federal committee expressed full confidence on the leadership of Prime Minister Mian Nawaz Sharif. PML-N has conveyed a loud and clear message to the opposition parties that Prime Minister will not resign at any cost. Certain elements are involved in conspiracy against an elected Prime Minister who is having a mandate. PML-N will strongly defend the allegations in Supreme Court imposed on Prime Minister in JIT report. It will be the first time that an elected Prime Minister will complete the mandate if he is allowed to do so. In past eleven Prime Ministers were unable to complete their mandates.

India's belligerence poses threat to regional peace and security- Pakistan expresses serious concerns over frequent ceasefire violations by Indian forces on the line of control and the working boundary

At his weekly news briefing in Islamabad on Thursday, Foreign Office Spokesperson Nafees Zakaria says the Indian side is deliberately heightening tension in order to divert world attention from its atrocities in occupied Kashmir. Indian forces committed five hundred and forty two ceasefire violations in the current year in which eighteen civilians embraced martyrdom. Pakistani forces give befitting response to the Indian aggression but they are demonstrating utmost restraint as Pakistan has no desire to escalate the tension. World community and the United Nations have also expressed concerns over the LOC situation. Pakistan believes in resolution of all issues through dialogue. It is time that the international community takes concrete measures to stop the bloodshed in the valley. Pakistan believes that there is no military solution to Afghan issue. Focus should be on politically negotiated settlement which is Afghan led and Afghan owned.

Analyst on Telephone:

Dr. Pervaiz Iqbal Cheema (IR Expert):

The world powers should condemn the Indian brutalities in Indian Occupied Kashmir and force India to stop violation of human rights in the valley. The role of western countries in this regard will be vital. We must appreciate the efforts and courage of the Kashmiris who have been struggling for their right to self-determination despite of worst Indian brutalities. United Nations needs to play its role to resolve Kashmir dispute in accordance with its own resolutions. India should express serious attitude to resolve Kashmir dispute through dialogue with Pakistan.

Host: Zara Sikander Hayat

Co-host: Waqas Saleem


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