July 13, 2017
Pakistan considering Indian request for grant of visa to mother of Kulbushan: FO
ISLAMABAD: Foreign Office Spokesperson Nafees Zakaria said that Pakistan is considering the Indian request for the grant of visa to the mother of Kulbushan Jadhav on Thursday.
Addressing his weekly news briefing in Islamabad, the spokesperson, however, regretted that India has imposed strict restrictions on the grant of visa to Pakistani patients.
He said that “India’s belligerence poses threat to regional peace and security.” He expressed serious concerns over frequent ceasefire violations by Indian forces on the Line of Control (LoC) and the working boundary.
He said that “The Indian side is deliberately heightening tension in order to divert world attention from its atrocities in occupied Kashmir. Indian forces committed 542 ceasefire violations in the current year in which 18 civilians embraced martyrdom.”
He said that “Pakistani forces give befitting response to the Indian aggression but they are demonstrating utmost restraint as Pakistan has no desire to escalate the tension. The world community and the United Nations have also expressed concerns over the LoC situation.”
He said that “The 44th session of the Organisation of Islamic Cooperation (OIC) Council of Foreign Ministers (CFM) which held in Abidjan, Republic of Cote d’Ivoire, on July 10-11, 2017, condemned the state terrorism in the Indian Occupied Kashmir(IOK) and called upon India to implement the United Nations (UN) Security Council resolutions on IOK.”
He said that “The resolution which was unanimously adopted by the 56 member Council, noted that Jammu Kashmir remains the core dispute between India and Pakistan, and its early resolution is imperative for bringing peace to South Asia.”
He said that “The Council expressed its support to the widespread indigenous movement of the people of Indian occupied Jammu Kashmir for their promised right to self-determination and observed that the just struggle of Kashmiris cannot be equated with terrorism.”
The spokesperson said that “The Council also called upon the United Nations and the International Community to play their due role in stopping the continuing bloodshed in IOK and for the implementation of the UN Security Council’s Resolutions on Jammu Kashmir, which guarantee Kashmiri’s right to self-determination through a UN supervised plebiscite.”
He said that “Pakistan believes in resolution of all issues through dialogue. It is time that the international community takes concrete measures to stop the bloodshed in the valley.
He said that “Kashmir dispute’s reflection in the UK’s Labour Party’s election manifesto, and in the January 19 debate in the House of Commons of the UK, represent increasing concern over the current unacceptable human rights situation in IOK.”
Zakaria said that “The Kashmiris observed ‘Youm-e-Shuhdah’ to commemorate the unprecedented sacrifices rendered by Kashmiris in 1931. We pay tribute to Shuhdah and express solidarity with Kashmiris in their struggle against Indian unlawful occupation of their territory.”
Replying to a question regarding the missing Pakistani diplomatic staff and another two Pakistani citizens in Afghanistan, the spokesperson said that Pakistan is constantly in touch with Afghan authorities for their early recovery.
He said that “Pakistan believes that there is no military solution to Afghan issue. Focus should be on politically negotiated settlement which is Afghan led and Afghan owned.”