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Pakistan forcefully will take up the issue of Kashmir during the next session of the UN General Assembly

Nafees Zakaria

ISLAMABAD:(APS)JULY 28,2016-Pakistan has emphasized that solution of the Jammu and Kashmir dispute lies in implementation of UN resolution envisaging holding of a free, fair and impartial plebiscite under auspices of the world body.

Replying to questions at the weekly news briefing in Islamabad on Thursday, Foreign Office spokesman Nafees Zakaria said that Kashmir will remain a core issue in any dialogue with India.

Referring to the grave human rights violations in Occupied Kashmir, he said Pakistan is waiting for the international community’s condemnation. He said the world community and the UN should also call upon India to stop bloodshed and fulfill its obligations and commitments on Kashmir as per UN resolutions.

He also expressed concern over continued detention of Hurriyet leaders and demanded their early release.

The spokesman expressed concern over reports that reports about Indian atrocities against Kashmiris are being blocked by the Facebook. He said employees of Facebook from Indian or other Indian nationals might be manipulating the situation thereby violating fundamental right of freedom of expression of Facebook users.

He said Facebook being a neutral media should take action against such elements. He said Facebook and other social media should be balanced and objective in dealing with internationally recognized dispute.

The spokesman said all options are being explored for dealing with the situation.

To a question, he said Pakistan would take up the issue of Kashmir forcefully during next session of the UN General Assembly.

Replying another question, he said presence of around eight hundred thousand Indian troops in Occupied Kashmir is a clear example of forced occupation and control of the area by India against wishes of Kashmiri people.

The spokesman confirmed reports that Indian Home Minister Rajnath would be coming to Pakistan to attend SAARC Interior Ministers’ meeting. He said if bilateral meetings are scheduled on the occasion, then Pakistan would definitely raise all issues of its concern including Samjotha Express.

Asked about fate of Pak-Turk International Schools, the Foreign Office spokesman said Pakistan is looking into a solution that addresses concerns of Turkey and also safeguards interests of thousands of students.

He said may options are under consideration, one of them being that the Turkish Government may suggest some entity to administer affairs of these schools.

About difficulties being faced by Pakistanis stranded in Saudi Arabia, who are not being paid salaries by their sponsors, the spokesman said Saudi King has issued a decree ordering their companies to settle their dues.

He said Foreign Office is also in touch with Indonesian government about the fate of Zulfiqar Ali, who has been awarded death sentence on drug charges.

When his attention was drawn towards hostile statements emanating from Kabul, the spokesman said blaming each other will not help solve problems facing the region. Pakistan is committed to vision of peaceful neighborhood and hopefully our goodwill gestures would be reciprocated. Hostile statements would only serve those who do not want peace in Afghanistan.

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