‘Pakistan looks forward to work with trump administration’
ISLAMABAD: Foreign Office Spokesperson Nafees Zakaria on Thursday said Kashmiri people hope that the international community will make India pay for their crimes against humanity in the occupied valley.
Speaking during his weekly press briefing in Islamabad, he said, “January 25 reminds us all the massacre of more than 25 innocent defenceless Kashmiris in Hundwara of Indian occupied Kashmir (IOK) in 1990.”
“The horrific massacre was committed by the Indian occupation forces just three days after they massacred more than 50 Kashmiris in Gawkadal on January 21, 1990,” he said. “On both the occasions the Indian forces had unleashed terror on peaceful protesters,” he said. “The perpetrators of the two massacres that I mentioned are yet to face justice while victims’ families have been suffering from the unforgettable and unbearable pain for 27 years,” he asserted.
“The two massacres were among one and a half dozen massacres that Indian occupation forces have committed since 1990,” he said. “Currently, the situation in IoK is getting worse. The killing, arbitrary arrests and fake encounters of Kashmiris continue and their fundamental rights are being denied constantly,” he said. He reiterated that, “The international community must act to hold India accountable for their crimes against humanity.”
“At the end of an extensive three-hour long debate on Kashmir in the House of Commons, United Kingdom (UK), the House resolved that ‘It notes the escalation in violence and breaches of international human rights on the Indian side of the Line of Control (LoC) in Kashmir; calls on the Government to raise the matter at the United Nations (UN); and further calls on the Government to encourage Pakistan and India to commence peace negotiations to establish a long-term solution on the future governance of Kashmir based on the right of the Kashmiri people to determine their own future in accordance with the provisions of UN Security Council resolutions.”
Nafees Zakaria informed that, “The Civil Society members are holding many more events across Pakistan, Europe and North America on the human rights violations in IoK and Kashmir dispute.”
Nafees Zakaria while answering a question said Kashmir is a core issue between Pakistan and India which is a matter of concern to the world community. He said we have always welcomed anyone who wants to play role for mediation to resolve the dispute of Kashmir and other issues between Pakistan and India.
Replying a question, Nafees Zakaria said Indian RAW agent Kulbushan Yadav has given considerable information during investigation regarding India’s involvement in subversive activities in Pakistan. He said we in touch with the Indian government in this regard.
Foreign Office says Pakistan has longstanding relationship with America and is looking forward to work with the new US administration. The Spokesman said Pakistan and US have strategic dialogue mechanism covering diverse areas including economic, security, defence, education, scientific research and cooperation in other areas. He hoped that relations between the two countries will be strengthened further in the coming years.
To a question regarding US President Donald Trump’s statement about terrorism, the Spokesman said terrorism has no religion, caste, creed or colour. It is a global phenomenon and global cooperation is required to deal with this menace.
Answering a question, he emphasised that politically negotiated settlement is more viable solution for Afghanistan. He said no result has come out of fifteen years military action in Afghanistan. He said blame game is not in the interest of any one and all parties should engage each other for talks. He said Pakistan has played its role for peace and stability in Afghanistan and will continue to do so.