Associated Press Service
ISLAMABAD: Feb 14, Sunday 2021- The Foreign Office spokesman said in his opening remarks during the weekly press briefing that Pakistan stands firm in its resolve to partner with the international community against the menace of terrorism.
Coming to the situation in Indian Illegally Occupied Jammu and Kashmir (IIOJK), the Kashmiris continue to remain under the inhuman military siege for over 18 months.
Extra-judicial killings of young Kashmiris in fake encounters and staged cordon and search operations is becoming a new normal in IIOJK.
A Foreign Office spokesman said that even the bodies of Kashmiri shuhda are not handed over to their families for proper burial in violation of all humanitarian norms.
In a new low, India has started charging the family members asking for dead bodies of their loved ones.
Pakistan strongly condemns registration of a case under draconian laws against the father demanding the dead body of his son, Athar Mushtaq Wani, who was martyred, along with two others during a fake encounter in Lawaypora area of Srinagar on December 30, 2020.
As part of Pakistan’s sustained diplomatic outreach, Foreign Minister Makhdoom Shah Mahmood Qureshi has once again approached the President of the United Nations Security Council and the UN Secretary General to apprise them of India’s continuing gross and systematic violations of human rights in IIOJK.
A Foreign Office spokesman said that the Foreign Minister underscored India’s unlawful campaign to colonize the occupied territory and its belligerent and hostile actions against Pakistan, including persistent ceasefire violations, which pose a serious threat to peace and security.
He also highlighted India’s state sponsorship of terrorism and its global disinformation campaign against Pakistan.
A Foreign Office spokesman said like every year, 5th February was observed all over the world to express solidarity with the Kashmiri people in their just struggle for the right to self-determination.
To express solidarity with our Kashmiri brothers and sisters, Prime Minister Imran Khan visited Kotli, Azad Jammu and Kashmir and addressed a public gathering.
The Prime Minister urged the international community to hold India accountable for its crimes against humanity in IIOJK and take steps to resolve the Jammu and Kashmir dispute in accordance with the UNSC resolution.
A Foreign Office spokesman said that the Prime Minister reaffirmed that Pakistan would remain unshakable in its solidarity with the Kashmiri people until they realize their inalienable right to self-determination, in accordance with the relevant UNSC Resolutions.
President of Pakistan Dr. Arif Alvi also visited AJK and addressed a session of the Azad State of Jammu and Kashmir (AJK) Legislative Assembly in Muzaffarabad.
Addressing the Assembly, the President reiterated that Pakistan will always stand with the Kashmiris and will never leave them alone in their struggle against Indian oppression.
The President also led a solidarity walk alongside AJK PM Raja Farooq Haider and AJK President Sardar Masood Khan.
To mark the Kashmir Solidarity Day, Foreign Minister Shah Mahmood Qureshi led a huge rally from the Ministry of Foreign Affairs.
The Chairman Senate, the Speaker National Assembly, Governor Khyber Pakhtunkhwa, Federal Ministers, Parliamentarian, officers and officials of the Ministry of Foreign Affairs and people from all walks of life joined the rally.
The Ministry of Foreign Affairs also held a photography and culture exhibition to express solidarity with the Kashmiris and pay tribute to their resilience in their just struggle for self-determination.
The event showcased the photographic works of internationally acclaimed photographers.
The exhibits focused on various key themes including: Indian atrocities in IIOJK; landscapes and the distinct culture and identity of the Kashmiri populace.
A Foreign Office spokesman said that Pakistan Missions around the world also organized seminars, photo-exhibitions, webinars, and engaged with the media, think tanks, parliamentarians and policy influencers to highlight the egregious human rights violations in IIOJK.
An important development in this regard was the legislative resolution passed by the New York State Assembly to make New York the first state in US to recognize 5th February 2021 as “Kashmir American Day.”
The ambassadors of the OIC Contact Group on Jammu & Kashmir also met in New York on 5 February 2021 to commemorate the Kashmir Solidarity Day.
In his keynote address to the OIC Contact Group Ambassadors, Foreign Minister Makhdoom Shah Mahmood Qureshi thanked the OIC for effectively articulating the voice of the Islamic Ummah in solidarity and support with the Kashmiris.
A Foreign Office spokesman said that the OIC Contact Group Ambassadors reiterated OIC’s unwavering support to the just cause of the Kashmiri people.
Let me conclude this briefing by extending our warmest felicitations to the leadership, the Government and the people of our “all-weather friend and strategic cooperative partner” China on the occasion of the Spring Festival and Chinese New Year.
A Foreign Office spokesman said in response to a question that regarding Houthi Militants’ drone attacks on Abha International Airport in the Kingdom Saudi Arabia, we have already issued a detailed Press Release condemning the attack on 10 February 2021. I would like refer you to see our Press Release for further detail.
As for the appointment of Major General Bilal Akbar, it is an administrative matter on which I cannot comment.
A Foreign Office spokesman said in response to a question that the Jammu and Kashmir dispute is one of the oldest items on the Agenda of the United Nations Security Council, which remains unresolved because of India’s intransigence and unwillingness to implement the relevant UNSC resolutions and its own solemn commitments made to Pakistan, the Kashmiris and the international community.
We have continued highlighting the legal, human rights, and peace and security dimensions of the dispute at the UN, HRC, OIC, IPU and on many others platforms.
World leaders, international human rights organizations as well as the media have been unanimous in their condemnation of the ongoing Indian atrocities and restrictions by the Indian occupation forces in IIOJK.
People of the Indian Illegally Occupied Jammu & Kashmir (IIOJK) have suffered more than seven decades of ruthless repression by India. We continue to sensitize the international community, including the United States, about India’s continued defiance of the international law, UN Charter and the relevant UN Security Council resolutions.
The international community, including the United States must urge India to stop its consistent and systematic human rights violations in IIOJK–including arbitrary detentions, enforced disappearances, incarceration of political leaders, ongoing efforts to change the demographic structure of the occupied territory, extra-judicial killings of Kashmiris in fake “encounters”, and staged cordon-and-search operations — and take genuine steps to resolve the dispute in a peaceful manner in accordance with the relevant UNSC resolutions.
A Foreign Office spokesman said in response to a question that As you mentioned, we have shared a Dossier, extensively documenting India’s active planning, promoting, aiding, abetting, financing and execution of terrorist activities against Pakistan with the UN Secretary General, the UNSC and with other relevant forums.
The irrefutable evidence provided in the Dossier has left no doubt about Indian state-sponsorship of terrorism. The contents of the Dossier have been taken seriously and are being examined by various parties with whom we have shared the document.
A Foreign Office spokesman said in response to a question that FATF had assessed Pakistan to have completed 21 of the 27 Action Items under the current Action Plan. In the remaining six partially addressed items, significant progress has been made by Pakistan, which is duly acknowledged by the wider FATF Membership. Pakistan remains committed to completing its FATF Action Plan.
A Foreign Office spokesman said in response to a question that India’s hegemonic and expansionist designs coupled with irresponsible actions are imperiling regional peace and security. India has troubled relations with its neighbours. India needs a serious course correction for peace and security in the region.
Regarding the China-India standoff, we hope that the issue will be resolved as per the agreed understandings and available mechanism.
A Foreign Office spokesman said in response to a question that we are aware of the developments taking place in the region. As a responsible state, Pakistan remains firmly committed to peace in the region and beyond