Indian Foreign Secretary invited to visit Islamabad by month end: FO

The Foreign Office on Friday said that Indian Foreign Secretary was formally invited to visit Islamabad by end of this month to discuss the Jammu and Kashmir dispute. 

A statement issued by the Foreign Office stated that Indian High Commissioner to Pakistan was summoned by the Foreign Secretary Aizaz Chaudhry and a reply to the letter of the Indian Foreign Secretary was handed over to him.

“The letter invites the Indian Foreign Secretary to visit Islamabad by the end of this month to discuss the Jammu and Kashmir dispute with a view to finding a fair and just solution, as per UNSC resolutions and aspirations of people of Jammu & Kashmir,” it added.

Pakistan has also called for putting an immediate end to the human rights violations against the innocent people of Indian occupied Jammu & Kashmir, who are struggling for their right of self-determination, and for providing medical facilities to the injured in the Indian occupied Jammu & Kashmir, including the permission for doctors and paramedics to travel.

Afghanistan Independence Day 

Later in the evening, the Adviser to the Prime Minister on Foreign Affairs Sartaj Aziz said that Pakistan is looking forward to Afghan president Ashraf Ghani’s participation in SAARC summit to be held in Islamabad in November this year.

He stated this while speaking at a function hosted by Afghan Ambassador to Pakistan Hazrat Omar Zakhilwal in connection with 97th anniversary of Afghanistan’s Independence Day.

The adviser said that Afghanistan is a brotherly country and a close neighbour of Pakistan, adding we share an abiding relationship that draws strength from the rich bonds of our common faith, history, geography, culture and kinship.

Close co-operative relations with Afghanistan have always been cornerstone of Pakistan’s foreign policy, he said, adding Prime Minister Nawaz Sharif’s vision of a “peaceful neighbourhood” enshrines a comprehensive partnership with Afghanistan for promoting peace, progress and prosperity of our region.

“To realise this vision, we persistently endeavour for constructive engagement with Afghanistan to further strengthen our neighbourly ties, based on mutual respect for sovereignty and territorial integrity and adherence to the cardinal principle of non-interference in each other’s internal affairs,” he added.

Aziz said that Pakistan desires lasting peace in Afghanistan as it is key to peace and stability in Pakistan and for realising our leadership’s vision for promoting connectivity with Central Asia and beyond.

“We firmly believe that politically negotiated settlement through an Afghan-owned and Afghan-led peace process is the most viable option for achieving this objective…terrorism remains a common threat to both Pakistan and Afghanistan.

Pakistan and its forces are valiantly fighting the menace of terrorism,” he added. He said that Pakistan had rendered immense human and economic sacrifices in this struggle in the recent years, adding close cooperation between Pakistan and Afghanistan is important for eliminating the scourge of terrorism from our region. -Business Recorder