FO says Pakistan, China committed to facilitate Afghan peace

The Nation  |  Jul 30, 2021

ISLAMABAD - Pakistan Thursday urged the United Nations to force India to reverse illegal measures in occupied Kashmir.

Speaking at a weekly news briefing here, Foreign Office spokesperson Zahid Hafeez Chaudhri said Pakistan will continue to support Kashmiris till their right to self-determination is achieved. 

“All means are being used to make the world aware of Indian atrocities in occupied Kashmir. The United Nations should put pressure on India to withdraw its illegal measures taken in occupied Kashmir,” he said. 

To a question, the spokesperson said that all energy should be focused at finding a political settlement of the conflict in Afghanistan.

He said that efforts need to be made to find an inclusive, broad-based and comprehensive political settlement as there is no military solution to the Afghan conflict.

Djokovic becomes first player to reach 3 Olympics singles semifinals The spokesperson said India has always played a role of spoiler in the Afghan peace process.

He said Pakistan and China were committed to facilitate and support the Afghan-led and Afghan-owned peace and reconciliation process.

Chaudhri said Pakistan believes in maintaining close, cooperative and brotherly relations with Afghanistan and there was no plan to downgrade our diplomatic ties with Kabul.

He said negative statements by some elements, who do not truly represent the people of Afghanistan, cannot be allowed to adversely impact the important relationship, particularly at this juncture of ongoing peace process in Afghanistan.

He said Saudi Foreign Minister Prince Faisal bin Farhan Al Saud visited Pakistan this week and held delegation level talks with the Foreign Minister Shah Mehmood Qureshi and also called on President Dr. Arif Alvi, Prime Minister Imran Khan and the Chief of Army Staff General Qamar Javed Bajwa.

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The two Foreign Ministers, he said, expressed satisfaction on the ongoing work related to the Saudi-Pakistan Supreme Coordination Council, which is aimed at imparting strategic direction to the development of Pakistan-Saudi relations.

Discussing the situation in Afghanistan, the Foreign Minister apprised his Saudi counterpart about Pakistan’s continuing efforts for an inclusive, broad based and comprehensive political settlement in Afghanistan, he said.

Chaudhri said Foreign Minister Qureshi was currently in Bahrain for a two-day official visit.

“The Foreign Minister co-chaired with his Bahraini counterpart the 2nd Session of Pakistan-Bahrain Joint Ministerial Commission. During the JMC, Foreign Minister Qureshi highlighted the longstanding relations between Pakistan and Bahrain, characterized by a spirit of friendship and solidarity,” he said.

PTI bags LA-16 Bagh seat after re-polling at four polling stations Earlier during this week, Chaudhri said, the Foreign Minister visited China to attend the third session of the Foreign Ministers’ Strategic Dialogue between Pakistan and China.

“Foreign Minister Shah Mehmood Qureshi and Chinese Foreign Minister and State Councilor Wang Yi exchanged views on bilateral strategic, economic and security cooperation, COVID-19 pandemic, and international and regional issues of mutual interest,” he added.

The Chinese side reaffirmed its firm support to Pakistan in safeguarding its territorial integrity, sovereignty and independence, he said.

China reiterated that the Kashmir dispute should be resolved peacefully through the UN Charter, relevant UNSC resolutions and bilateral agreements, the spokesperson said.

Coming to the situation in the region, he said, “We have noted with serious concern and condemn in strongest possible terms the Indian government’s recently-exposed organised spying operations using an Israeli origin spyware , ‘Pegasus’.”

Pak-China partnership important for regional peace, stability: COAS The reported targets of these massive spying operations included journalists, politicians, human rights activists, business executives, public health experts, foreign diplomats in India and the Kashmiri leaders, he said.

Reportedly, he said, the targeted telephones also included at least one number used by Prime Minister Imran Khan as well as hundreds of others in Pakistan.

Keeping a clandestine tab on dissenting voices is a long-standing textbook ploy of the RSS-BJP regime, he said.

The spokesperson said the world had seen the true face of the so-called Indian “democracy” when the reports of EU Disinfo Lab, Indian Chronicle, surfaced last year.

“In view of the gravity of these reports, we call on the relevant UN bodies to thoroughly investigate the matter, bring the facts to light, and hold the Indian perpetrators to account,” he said.

Rwanda denies using Pegasus spyware On the situation in the Indian Illegally Occupied Jammu and Kashmir, he said on 5th August 2021, would mark the completion of an unprecedented 24 months long military siege and draconian curbs on the fundamental rights and freedoms of Kashmiri people in the aftermath of India’s illegal and unilateral actions.

In keeping with its long held tradition of peddling false propaganda, India is trying to push the sham narrative of so-called “normalcy” in IIOJK. However, the situation on the ground points to the contrary, he added.

“To this day, Kashmiri leadership remains incarcerated under trumped-up charges.  Extra-judicial killings, arbitrary detentions, staged cordon-and-search operations and custodial torture by the Indian occupation forces continue with impunity,” the spokesperson said.

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