The Foreign Office on Thursday said that Prime Minister Nawaz Sharif will raise Kashmir issue in upcoming session of the United Nations General Assembly (UNGA) with particular reference to ongoing atrocities by Indian troops on innocent Kashmiris.
In his weekly press briefing, Foreign Office spokesman Nafees Zakaria, said that the Prime Minister who is going to participate in UNGA meeting next month in New York, will raise the issue of Jammu & Kashmir, which is an outstanding issue on the UNSC agenda.
“The PM raised the issue last year, and this year too, he will take up the matter vigorously during his address to UNGA with particular reference to the ongoing atrocities.
UNGA session is an important platform to raise the outstanding issue of Jammu and Kashmir, and Indian atrocities with the international community,” he added.
He also regretted that blatant violation of human rights is being committed by Indian occupation forces in Indian occupied Kashmir on the defenceless Kashmiris, who are striving for their right to self-determination.
About controversial statements made by some senior Indian officials about Kashmir, Zakaria said that Kashmir is an internationally recognised dispute, which is outstanding on UN Security Council’s agenda for over six decades.
The statement by the Indian State Minister is in violation of UN Security Council resolutions on Kashmir as well as India’s obligation under international law, he said, adding the Foreign Secretary has extended an invitation to his Indian counterpart to visit Pakistan for talks on Jammu & Kashmir dispute, particularly, owing to the ongoing grave violations of human rights situation in the Indian occupied Kashmir.
He said that Pakistan supports all efforts employed at facilitating a peaceful Syrian-led and inclusive solution that meets the aspirations of the Syrian people through a comprehensive political dialogue.
“Pakistan supports the multilateral Vienna Talks and Geneva Talks between Syrian Government and Opposition under UN auspices and hopes that all parties would reach a negotiated settlement for the crisis in Syria,” he added.
He said that a recent statement by Indian Prime Minister Narendra Modi is indeed a violation of the UN Charter, for which Adviser to Prime Minister on Foreign Affairs Sartaj Aziz has already said in his statement that Modi’s reference to Balochistan, which is part and parcel of Pakistan, was an admission of India’s involvement in perpetrating and financing terrorism in Balochistan.
“Public confession by Kulbhushan Yadav, the Indian intelligence agency RAW’s active service officer, is also with us as an irrefutable proof. Modi tried, albeit without success, to cover up the Indian state terrorism in the Indian occupied Jammu and Kashmir, where not only innocent people have lost their lives but thousands are injured and hundreds have been permanently blinded due to the use of pellet guns,” he added.
When asked on India approaching China on the China Pakistan Economic Corridor (CPEC), he said that project of broad-based economic cooperation between the two countries would also benefit other countries.
“CPEC is a comprehensive and broad-based economic cooperation project between Pakistan and China. The project will contribute to economic development of the entire region and not only for Pakistan and China.
It can be a catalyst for economic connectivity and integration in Central Asia, South Asia and the West Asia. Objection by India or any other country to such economic project is, therefore, beyond comprehension”, he added.
About the issue of stranded Pakistanis in Saudi Arabia, he said that Minister for Overseas Pakistanis is on a visit to Saudi Arabia where he has met with Saudi labour minister and Saudi minister for health to find ways to resolve problems faced by Pakistani workers.
“The government is trying to resolve the issue of expatriate Pakistanis who have been facing financial difficulties due to non-payment of their salaries by their private company employers in Saudi Arabia.
So far, meetings with Saudi authorities have been fruitful and positive, as the Saudi Ministers assured full assistance to resolve the crisis,” he added.
The spokesman regretted the remarks made by Indian Home Minister terming it against the spirit of the SAARC Charter and diplomatic norms, adding Pakistan is committed to promote objectives of SAARC to enable better cooperation between SAARC members.
Regarding the Indian Finance Minister’s visit, he said that Pakistan has invited the Finance Ministers of all SAARC countries including India to visit Islamabad for the SAARC Finance Minister’s Conference in Islamabad from 25-26 August 2016. “We are awaiting the confirmation of his participation,” he added. -Business Recorder