President to hold meetings with country heads on sidelines of SCO summit


ISLAMABAD: Foreign Office has said that President Mamnoon Hussain will have sidelines meetings with the leadership of SCO member countries including his Chinese counterpart President Xi Jinping.

Foreign Office Spokesperson Dr Muhammad Faisal, during his weekly news briefing here on Thursday, said that President Mamnoon will discuss all matters of bilateral relations and ways of enhancing mutual cooperation between the member countries.

On a question whether he will meet the Indian counterpart during the upcoming SCO summit, the FO spokesperson said, “No such meeting is envisaged.”

He said India is now using new inhuman methods of crushing Kashmiri youth under heavy vehicles.

“It is highly condemnable that Central Reserve Police Force (CRPF) ran a jeep over Kaiser Ahmad, 24 years old, during protests after Friday prayers, who succumbed to injuries in Nowhatta area of Srinagar”, the FO spokesman added.

He said the world community and human rights defenders should take notice of the situation in the occupied valley.

Dr Muhammad Faisal said that the Indian occupation forces have snapped the internet services in Srinagar and clamped curbs on the public movement.

“Indian atrocities in Indian occupied Jammu and Kashmir are outrightly condemned and need immediate attention of the international community and global human rights defenders”, he added.

Replying to a question, the FO spokesman said that minorities residing in India are being persecuted which is totally contrary to India’s self-portrayal of a secular state.

He said the relationship between Pakistan and Russia are growing positively and it is hoped they will be stronger in future.

Regarding a recent report on Pakistan’s minorities, he said we do not acknowledge reports from any country or international organization with unidentified sources.

“Constitution of Pakistan protects minorities and dubs them as honorable citizens of Pakistan”, he added.

He said that Pakistan strongly condemned the suicide attack that targeted a congregation of religious scholars in Kabul.

The spokesperson said Pakistan is one of the most affected countries and is facing serious water problems. Pakistan, among the global community, seeks to find sustainable alternatives to plastic and urgently reduce its excessive production that is continuously polluting our rivers and seas.