New Delhi: Hitting out at the Pakistani premier Nawaz Sharif after he nominated 22 parliamentarians as special envoys to highlight "the Indian brutalities and human rights abuses" in Jammu and Kashmir in key parts of the world, Minister of State (MoS) MEA MJ Akbar on Saturday said, "It is Pakistan's individual right if it wants its MPs (Member of Parliament) to go for free tourism."
Taking a jibe at PM Sharif, Akbar also said, "Galat baat ko yadi 22 log (Spl envoys appointed by Pak PM), 22 baar ya 22,000 baar dohraye toh woh baat sach nhi ho jati."
"As far as Kashmir issue is concerned, Pakistan mustn't internationalize it; it is a bilateral issue," Akbar added.
Earlier in the day, Nawaz Sharif nominated 22 parliamentarians as special envoys to highlight the Kashmir issue internationally again.
"I have decided to send these parliamentarians for fighting the Kashmir cause in different parts of the World. These special envoys have strength of the people of Pakistan, prayers from the Kashmiri people across the Line of Control, mandate of the Parliament and support from the government", Prime Minister Nawaz said in a statement.
"I am standing behind these special envoys to ensure their toil for highlighting the Kashmir Cause resonates across the world so that I can shake the collective conscience of the international community during my address at the UN this September", he added.
This sudden move by the Pakistani Prime Minister has come up after Prime Minister Narendra Modi raised Pakistan's atrocities on the people of Balochistan during his Independence Day speech on August 15 from the Red Fort.
(With inputs from IANS)