Pakistan to review foreign policy in context of current inter-state relations: FO


–FO spokesperson says nation’s sacrifices in war against terror need no certification

ISLAMABAD: Pakistan hints to review its foreign policy in the perspective of its current inter-state relations to meet the challenges and avail the opportunities at diplomatic fronts, said Foreign Office spokesperson Nafees Zakaria.

He said this during a weekly press briefing in Islamabad on Thursday.

New Foreign Minister Khawaja Asif after assuming the charge of the office, met senior officials of the ministry during which the foreign policy objectives were reviewed.

The minister also shared his vision of meeting the challenges and availing the opportunities in the realm of inter-state relations.

FO spokesperson said that this week 15 defenceless Kashmiris were by Indian armed forces in Indian occupied Jammu and Kashmir.

“Last week the count was 8; the statistics of Kashmiris’ sufferings on various counts, as a result of Indian barbarities and impunity with which Indian forces are committing the crimes against humanity, challenge the credibility of International community’s commitment to human rights.”

“We will not be incorrect if we term these killings of defenceless Kashmiri youth, women, children and old age, by Indian forces as “genocide”, he added.

He said the Indian policy to murder innocent Kashmiri is to change the demographic of the state and convert it [Muslim-dominant state] into a predominantly Hindu state.

These measures, taken by India, in Indian occupied Jammu & Kashmir were a violation of UNSC Resolution, UN Charter and all the UN instruments on human rights and fundamental rights, he added.

Replying to a question, he said the government of Pakistan fully supported the rehabilitation process in Afghanistan as it strongly believed Afghan rehabilitation impacts regional peace and stability.

He rejected the accusations and campaign of Afghan media against Pakistan.

Replying to a question regarding US’s policy review on this region, he said it was too early to comment on that; however, Pakistan believed that sacrifices rendered by Pakistan people in the war against terror needed no certification.

He informed that Republic of Korea National Assembly Speaker Chung Sye-Kyun paid a fruitful visit this week and held a meeting with the foreign minister and expressed keen interest in investments and economic cooperation with Pakistan.

The spokesperson also condemned the bomb blast in Dir that claimed precious lives.

He also congratulated the young sportspeople, who won altogether 25 gold, silver and bronze medals in 4th South Asian Karate Championship in Sri Lanka.