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The Punjab government on Thursday constituted Punjab Kashmir Committee that will monitor prevailing situation in the Indian Occupied Kashmir and a notification has been issued in this regard.

This special committee will monitor the human rights violations in the Occupied Kashmir by the Indian occupied Army along with providing necessary assistance to the Federal government for projecting the Kashmir issue at different fora.

Punjab Law Minister Raja Basharat will head the Punjab Kashmir Committee while the Punjab Chief Secretary and Secretary Information and Culture are nominated as its official members. The Secretary Information will also act as Secretary to the Kashmir Committee.

Other members of the committee include PTI MPAs, namely Nazir Ahmed Chauhan, Uzma Kardar, Muhammad Nadeem Qureshi and Mahindar Pal Singh, while PML-Q MPA Sajid Bhatti is also nominated as its member.

Basharat has approached the opposition for the nomination of their two MPAs. He has called the first meeting of the committee today (Friday).

Meanwhile, the Punjab Law Minister Punjab presided over a meeting here to review security and administrative arrangements in connection with Kashmir Solidarity Day being observed today (Friday) throughout the country on the direction of the Federal government.

The Minister directed that foolproof security be provided to the rallies and gathering across the province. "Pakistani nation would express solidarity with their Kashmiri brethren in an enthusiastic manner and provincial ministers and parliamentarians would lead rallies and gatherings in their respective districts," he added.

Speaking at the meeting, Punjab Chief Secretary Yousaf Naseem Khokar said that being a Pakistani citizen all government officials must participate in the gathering from 12 noon to 12.30pm. He directed the divisional commissioners to ensure provision of clean drinking water for participants. "Expressing solidarity with Kashmiri people is a national cause and in this regard students, lawyers and trader organizations and civil society should be mobilized to ensure maximum participation," he added.

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