Foreign Office on Friday emphatically rejected the impression of Pakistan’s international isolation, saying the country is very much engaged in world affairs and cannot be isolated by mere Indian propaganda.
“First of all, you must clarify your perception about the definition of isolation as to what isolation is?” remarked Foreign Office spokesperson Nafees Zakaria during his weekly media briefing when a reporter asked his comments on the Indian move to hold BRICS Summit over this weekend with an objective of its diplomatic offensives to “isolate” Pakistan.
BRIC refers to the countries of Brazil, Russia, India and China, and New Delhi is set to host the leadership of these countries in Goa on Saturday.
“Pakistan is very much engaged in world affairs, as a number of multilateral events and high level visits are taking place in and out of Pakistan.
Wherever our leadership goes they are very well received,” the spokesperson emphasised, adding more and more countries are engaging with Pakistan.
Citing examples of Russia and Iran’s recent engagements with Pakistan, he stated that Pakistan’s strategic location is of immense importance and it cannot be isolated with a mere propaganda campaign.
He further said that Pakistan is uniquely placed to become a natural regional connectivity hub for economic activities and an energy corridor.
By virtue of its strategic geopolitical existence at the confluence of South Asia, Central Asia and West Asia, he said the policy direction is to facilitate regional connectivity and bring prosperity to the region.
When asked to comment on the reported meeting of India’s National Security Adviser Ajit Doval with representatives of Taliban and Daesh, Zakaria declined to comment, saying he will not comment on media reports.
However, he added that the statements of Ajit Doval and Indian Defence Minister Manohar Parrikar on his intentions of “using terrorists” are already in public domain.
On the issue of Jammu and Kashmir, he said that the issue of J&K is one of the oldest unresolved disputes on the agenda of the UN Security Council, which is awaiting implementation of relevant Security Council resolutions.
He said the people of J&K were promised by the international community, especially the UN Security Council, that their wishes would be ascertained through a free, fair and impartial plebiscite, under the UN auspices.
“The Indian obstinacy and complete disrespect of international law is the main hurdle in the implementation of resolutions on Jammu and Kashmir. India is in constant and continuous violation of UNSC Resolutions on Kashmir and the UN Charter,” he added.
He said that highlighting Kashmir issue, particularly the grave human rights situation, was part of Pakistan’s ongoing efforts to raise the matter at all bilateral and international forums and the voice was reaching all corners of the world.
He said that the parliamentarians, human rights organisations, members of civil society Pakistani and Kashmir diaspora were actively highlighting the plight of Kashmiris across Europe, the UK, North America and Nordic States.
Similarly, he pointed out that Prime Minister’s envoys as well as Pakistan’s ambassadors in those countries were reaching out to various segments of the respective societies.
Rejecting the impression that the efforts were not bringing fruit, he said it would not be right to say that nobody has raised the voice.
“This is the reason why India is desperate and is making every effort to deflect the attention from the Indian occupied Kashmir,” he said, adding manifestations of these efforts are visible in their false media campaigns and false surgical strikes claim and things like that.
“So, these are the reflections of the desperation of India and the pressure which is being built on India in the context of the brutalities it is committing in IoK.
We have been asking international community’s intervention in this regard and we will keep on asking this,” he added.
He also appreciated the “good job” done by Pakistani media, saying they have been instrumental in exposing the trail of lies of the Indian media.
“India media stood exposed and our media has been instrumental in showing the reality to the people in Pakistan and to the international community,” he added.
Reacting to Indian Finance Minister Arun Jaitley accusations that “Pakistan is using terrorism and nuclear blackmail as instruments of its state policy,” Zakaria said that the reality on ground was completely different.
“It is India that indulges in state terrorism in IoK with its 700,000 occupation forces terrorising Kashmiris and committing crimes against humanity with impunity,” he said.
As against Indian baseless accusations, he added that Pakistan has solid proofs of Indian involvement in perpetrating terrorism in Pakistan and terror financing.
“Pakistan’s nuclear deterrence is in reaction to the Indian aggressive designs against the territorial integrity and sovereignty of Pakistan,” he said.
While Indian aggressive policies and massive arms build-up are destabilising factors, Pakistan’s policies ensure regional and global peace and stability, he added.
Responding to another query about the reported rift between civil and military over handling of the non-state actors, he stated that the Foreign Office had already refuted the story as based on speculation and the author admitted in his news item that none of these statements, which the journalist quoted could be verified.
“The reality is that there is a growing national consensus to eliminate terrorism in all its forms and manifestations. There is zero tolerance and we draw no distinction or discrimination,” he added. -Business Recorder