Srinagar: Pakistan has set up a high-level committee to formulate “a doable and sustainable” policy to highlight the Kashmir issue globally and is reaching out to Indians who are opposed to Prime Minister Narendra Modi’s “extremist policies”, a media report said on Wednesday.
The move was announced by advisor on foreign affairs Sartaj Aziz in Senate on Tuesday, according to Dawn newspaper.
The committee will consist of senior officials from the ministries of defence, interior and information, Military Operations Directorate, Inter-Services Intelligence (ISI) and Intelligence Bureau (IB), the report added.
Speaking about the status of the implementation of policy guidelines, Aziz said the committee was headed by foreign secretary Aizaz Chaudhry and could co-opt other members if required, the report said.
Aziz said that another committee, chaired by the information secretary, had been formed to prepare fact sheets “to counter India’s propaganda campaign and design a media strategy to continuously highlight the Kashmiri freedom struggle”, the report said further.
This committee also includes representatives from the ministries of defence, foreign affairs and information technology, as well as members of the Military Operations Directorate, ISI and IB, the report added.
According to the report, Aziz said that the ministry of information technology had been asked to prepare a comprehensive strategy to highlight the Kashmir issue via social media.
Aziz, according to the report, said that steps were already being taken to reach out to segments of the Indian public that were opposed to Modi’s extremist policies.
“Our missions abroad, including in New Delhi, are making outreach efforts to emphasise the extremist Indian policies,” he remarked.
Talking about measures to counter India’s efforts to isolate Pakistan in the region, Aziz said Pakistan was doing its utmost to engage the international community, including regional partners, the report added.