ISLAMABAD: Pakistan looks forward to world community, especially the US to play its positive role in resolving the Kashmir dispute between India and Pakistan.
During weekly media briefing, Foreign Office Spokesperson, Dr. Muhammad Faisal said here Thursday that Pakistan has always welcomed the outside involvement in helping to resolve the Kashmir issue unlike reluctant India.
He said Pakistan forging policy revolves around the idea of friendly relations with neighboring countries. “Pakistan does not have any aggressive designs and it does not have any problem with other countries engaging and benefiting with each other. We show concern only when the relationship harms our interests”, he explained.
Replying to a query, he said the India’s attitude towards its minority is condemned internationally. “India’s perspective towards other religions can be perceived through its stance over a harmless issue that of Taj Mahal”, he added.
He said that the myth of Indian democracy is fully exposed to the world due to ever rising human rights violations and hate crimes against minorities in that country.
The spokesperson said the religious intolerance and extremism in India is no secret to the world as it is evident from the reports of the international human rights organizations and media.
He said the continues use of brute force and inhumane atrocities by Indian forces against innocent and defenseless Kashmiris is an attempt to suppress Kashmiris’ legitimate indigenous struggle for their right to self-determination.
“This last month alone, Indian occupation forces have martyred 20 Kashmiris, critically injured 217 people including through use of pellets and teargas shells, and have arrested and detained 308 Kashmiris, mostly youth and Hurriyat Leaders and activists,”, he informed.
Replying to a question, he said that Pakistan’s High Commissioner in New Delhi Sohail Mehmood had a meeting with Indian External Affairs Minister Sushma Swaraj, however, he restated that during the meeting, the issue of Indian spy Kulbhuvshan Jadhav’s visa was not discussed.
He said Pakistan and Iran held the first round of informal consultations on regional peace and security with a focus on the situation in Afghanistan. “The two sides had a constructive exchange of views on the situation in Afghanistan, the global and regional threat of terrorism and ways and means for enhanced regional economic cooperation and connectivity”, he said.
Replying to another question, he said that construction of any facility on the border will be within the parameters of our bilateral agreement. “Pakistan and Iran are communicating over all the border management issues as well”, he added.
He reiterated that Pakistan has always supported an Afghan-led solution of the Afghan dispute. “Pakistan has always showed its clear consent over Afghan dispute regarding playing a constructive role”, he said.
Dr Faisal said, the Quadrilateral Coordination Group (QCG) is also aimed at facilitating and encouraging an Afghan-led peace process and dialogue between Afghan Government and Taliban.—APP