Human rights violations expose Indian democracy myth: FO


ISLAMABAD: Pakistan says the myth of Indian democracy is fully exposed to the world in the wake of ever-rising human rights violations and hate crimes against minorities in the country.

This was stated by Foreign Office (FO) Spokesperson Dr Muhammad Faisal while responding to queries during a weekly news briefing in Islamabad today.

In his first briefing, the spokesperson said the religious intolerance and extremism in India is no secret to the world as is evident from the reports by the international human rights organisations and media.

He said Indian atrocities continue in Occupied Kashmir in complete disregard of international covenants and in violation of United Nations (UN) resolutions on the issue.  He said Pakistan has always welcomed any efforts and offers for the solution of the Kashmir dispute and believes the dispute can be solved by implementing the UN resolutions on the issue.

To a question, Dr Faisal said Pakistan’s Foreign Policy is guided by a vision of peaceful and friendly neighbourhood and it believes in immense power with an absolute sense of responsibility.

He said Pakistan is not concerned about others’ relations or alliances unless they are meant and directed against it.

Responding to a question about Afghanistan, the Foreign Office Spokesperson said Pakistan has always stressed for an Afghan-led peace initiative for peace and stability in the region. He said the Quadrilateral Coordination Group is also aimed at facilitating and encouraging an Afghan-led peace process and dialogue between Afghan Government and Taliban.

To another question, Dr Faisal said Pakistan had taken necessary steps to secure its border with Afghanistan.

He said during recent high-level interactions, all important issues have been discussed with the United States.

Regarding border fencing with Iran, the spokesperson said construction of any facility is to be within the parameters of the bilateral agreement between the two countries.