Afghan issue can only be resolved through political means: FO

July 13, 2017

ISLAMABAD: Pakistan says India’s belligerence poses threat to regional peace and security. At his weekly news briefing here on Thursday, Foreign Office Spokesperson Nafees Zakaria expressed serious concerns over frequent ceasefire violations by Indian forces on the line of control and the working boundary. He said the Indian side is deliberately heightening tension in order to divert world attention from its atrocities in occupied Kashmir. The spokesperson said Indian forces committed five hundred and forty two ceasefire violations in the current year in which eighteen civilians embraced martyrdom.

He said Pakistani forces give befitting response to the Indian aggression but they are demonstrating utmost restraint as Pakistan has no desire to escalate the tension. He said the world community and the United Nations have also expressed concerns over the LOC situation. He said Pakistan believes in resolution of all issues through dialogue. The spokesperson said it is time that the international community takes concrete measures to stop the bloodshed in the valley.

Responding to a question, the spokesperson said Pakistan is considering the Indian request for the grant of visa to the mother of Kulbushan Yadav. He, however, regretted that the India has imposed strict restrictions on the grant of visa to Pakistani patients. Nafees Zakaria said Pakistan believes that there is no military solution to Afghan issue. He said focus should be on politically negotiated settlement which is Afghan led and Afghan owned.

INP