ISLAMABAD: Any dialogue with India should lead to ultimate resolution of Kashmir dispute in accordance with UN Security Council resolutions, the Foreign Office has said.
Speaking at the weekly press briefing on Thursday, FO spokesman Nafees Zakaria said the dialogue should not be for the sake of dialogue but result-oriented and sustainable.
He regretted that despite a number of gestures by Pakistan, India remains defiant and intransigent to resumption of dialogue.
He said Pakistan believes the international community has a role in the resolution of the longstanding dispute. He said Pakistan welcomes the latest statement of the US Vice President-elect Mike Pence regarding mediation on Kashmir. Pakistan had also welcomed the statement of the US President-elect Donald Trump, UN Secretary-General and friendly countries like China and Iran.
To a question the spokesperson said so far India is denying undertaking of any fact-finding mission to Occupied Kashmir but the international community will have to make New Delhi accept such demands and also pay for its crimes against humanity there.
The spokesperson condemned blatant human rights violation by Indian forces in Occupied Kashmir and noted that Kashmiris remain undeterred in their struggle for right to self-determination.
Responding to another question, he said India’s massive arms buying spree and the consequent conventional asymmetry poses threat to regional peace and stability. He said Pakistan does not want to indulge in the arms race and believes scarce resources of the region should be devoted to socio-economic uplift of the people.
He said India resorted to negativity during Heart of Asia Conference in Amritsar to hide its crimes in Occupied Kashmir. This also exposed India’s claims of commitment to the prospects of peace in Afghanistan as it misused a platform meant for promoting peace and stability in the war torn country.
About accusation of Afghan President Ashraf Ghani during Heart of Asia conference, he said Pakistan has been taking indiscriminate action against all terrorist groups. He, however, pointed out presence of different terrorist outfits on Afghan soil besides use of Afghan soil by Indian intelligence agency RAW for acts of terrorism and sabotage in Pakistan. He pointed out that eight senior commanders and leaders of Haqqani Network, Tehrik-e-Taliban Afghanistan, Tehrik-e-Taliban Pakistan and Jamatul Ahrar were killed in Afghanistan since July this year. This confirms presence and use of Afghan soil by these groups for terrorist activities.
To a question, he said Pakistan-US relationship dates back to days of independence and Pakistan wants to promote ties with Washington in all fields. INP