Source: News Bharati English23 Nov 2016 18:20:10

Islamabad, Nov 23: Pakistan is trying to reach out to Indians who are opposed to Prime Minister Narendra Modi’s “extremism” in its bid to highlight the Kashmir issue.

This was announced by the advisor to the Prime Minster on foreign affairs Sartaj Aziz in the senate on Tuesday.

According to a report published in the Dawn newspaper, Pakistan has set up a high-level committee comprising senior officials from the ministries of defence, interior and information, Military Operations Directorate, ISI and IB to formulate a “doable and sustainable India-Kashmir policy”, Sartaz Aziz informed the Senate on Tuesday.

Aziz claimed that steps were already being taken to reach out to segments of the Indian public that were opposed to Narendra Modi’s extremism, saying: “Our missions abroad, including in New Delhi, are making outreach efforts to emphasise the extremist Indian policies,” he remarked.

Speaking about the status of the implementation of policy guidelines, given by a Senate committee of the whole house, he said the committee was headed by Foreign Secretary Aizaz Chaudhry and could co-opt other members if required.

Although the Senate had originally recommended the formation of a task force — including chairpersons of the defence and foreign affairs committees from both houses of parliament —Aziz said the committee would regularly brief the two committees. --Pakistan and India- The art of peace-

He said that a committee, chaired by the information secretary, had been formed to prepare fact sheets, counter India’s propaganda campaign and design a media strategy to continuously highlight the Kashmiri freedom struggle. 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.

Mr Aziz said that the Ministry of Information Technology had been asked to prepare a comprehensive strategy to highlight the Jammu and Kashmir dispute via social media.