Pakistan urges ‘HR champions’ to highlight Indian brutalities in Kashmir

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  • FO spokesman says Pakistan fully supports Saudi Arabia against any threats to territorial integrity

ISLAMABAD: Pakistan has urged “human rights champions” to act immediately to stop the Indian reign of terror in Indian occupied Kashmir (IoK).

At his weekly news briefing on Thursday, Foreign Office (FO) Spokesperson Dr Muhammad Faisal said that Kashmiri people expect the international community to fulfill its obligations for the resolution of the lingering Kashmir dispute.

The spokesperson said that Pakistan has strongly reacted to the recent Indian brutalities in the occupied valley which claimed the lives of at least 20 Kashmiri youth and injured 300 others. He said that over 40 people also lost their vision in the valley due to the use of pellet guns by the occupying forces.

He said this mindless killing spree has exposed the ugly and inhumane face of India.

Before the beginning of the briefing, a video was played for the foreign ambassadors. The video showed the recent Indian atrocities and human rights violation in occupied Kashmir.

Dr Faisal also reiterated Pakistan’s full solidarity with the Kashmiri people and that the country will continue to extend its moral, political and diplomatic support to their just cause for the right to self-determination.

The spokesperson also informed the media personnel that April 6 will be observed as Kashmir Solidarity Day in Islamabad and in Pakistani missions globally.

He said Pakistan also contacted some other countries on the situation arising out of violence in IoK and their response has been positive as the Turkish and Iranian foreign ministers, as well as the general secretaries of the UN and the OIC, have already given their reaction in this connection.

About a recent meeting between National Security Adviser (NSA) Nasser Khan Janjua and the Indian high commissioner, the spokesperson said that it is not Pakistan but India which is running away from dialogue.

He said efforts are continuing for the revival of dialogue between the two countries.

The spokesperson also strongly condemned the recent blatant use of force against innocent Palestinians in Gaza. He said that just solution of the dispute with Al-Quds Al-Sharif as the capital of Palestinian state can only guarantee peace and stability in the region.

When asked about Pakistan’s reaction on recent aerial strike on a seminary at Kunduz in Afghanistan, the FO spokesperson said the incident which claimed the lives of children and civilians is deplorable and also detrimental to the revival of the peace process.

He said Pakistan believes in an Afghan-led and Afghan-owned peace process.

He said Prime Minister Shahid Khaqan Abbasi will be visiting Kabul on Friday as part of the country’s policy of engagement with Afghanistan.

On Thursday, Foreign Minister Khawaja Asif and Foreign Secretary Tehmina Janjua also briefed heads of diplomatic missions in Islamabad regarding Indian brutalities and atrocities innocent Kashmiris are facing.

FULL SOLIDARITY WITH SAUDI ARABIA:

FO spokesperson also reiterated Pakistan’s “full support and solidarity with Saudi Arabia against any threats to its territorial integrity and against the Haramain Sharifain.” This was said as Pakistan strongly condemned the latest Houthi ballistic missile attack on Saudi cities.

The struggle of the Palestinian people was also remembered as Pakistan called “upon the international community to put an end to the blatant use of force and flagrant violation of human rights of Palestinian people.”

He also facilitated Dr Mohammad Salman Qureshi who has been selected as the youngest scientist from Pakistan to participate in the 68th Lindau Laureate.