ISLAMABAD: Pakistan has welcomed mediation offer made by Russian President to ease tension between Islamabad and New Delhi.
This was stated by Foreign Office spokesman Nafees Zakaria during weekly briefing in Islamabad on Thursday.
He said Pakistan’s relations with Russia is on a positive trajectory and Russian President Vladimir Putin will be warmly welcomed in Pakistan once he takes a decision in this regard.
He pointed out that showing complete disrespect to the Holy month of Ramazan, Indian forces martyred more than 25 Kashmiris and injured over 200 using pellet guns in Occupied Kashmir. Jamia Masjid was locked down and Kashmiris were not allowed to offer Juma Prayers.
The spokesperson said one of the worst sufferers of the Indian brutalities are the Kashmiri children. They have not only suffered direct injuries with bullets and pellet guns but have also been witness to all the gory incidents that have occurred in Kashmir. Hundreds of children have been blinded during this past year alone. He said Pakistan’s offer to get their eyes treated in any country in Europe still holds.
He said Pakistan has broached this issue with UN HR officials in Geneva. Pakistan has also effectively taken up violations of Kashmiris’ rights and Indian atrocities at the ongoing 35th session of Human Rights Council in Geneva.
The spokesperson said occupation forces beat people, broke into shops and looted goods to punish Kashmiris celebrating Pakistan’s cricket victory.
He said Indian agencies in collaboration of terrorist organizations like RSS and Abhinav Bharat have staged terrorist attacks and blamed them on others to use as an excuse to justify use of brute force against innocent people.
Nafees Zakaria reiterated that people and Government of Pakistan will continue to extend their unflinching moral, political and diplomatic support to them in their struggle.
He described grant of permanent membership of SCO to Pakistan as a milestone and significant achievement in the foreign policy.
To another question, the spokesman said Pakistan believes that a politically negotiated settlement is imperative for the Afghan conflict. He said Quadrilateral Contact Group is an effective forum in this regard. He said Prime Minister Nawaz Sharif and Afghan President Ashraf Ghani have reiterated their willingness to advance peace process through QCG.
To a question, Nafees Zakaria said that growing foot prints of Daesh in Afghanistan are a matter of concerns not only for Pakistan, but for the entire world. He said it is a common threat to the regional peace and the world should join forces to cope with this challenge. He said that Pakistan wants lasting peace in Afghanistan.
The spokesman said China is an important pillar of QCG initiative and both Beijing and Islamabad are working together for peace and stability in the region. He said Pakistan invited unity among the internal ranks of Pakistan for durable peace in the country. He said Pakistan Afghan-led and Afghan owned peace efforts. He said peace in Afghanistan is in the best interest of Pakistan as the latter has adversely affected due to instability in the territories of the former.
Responding to a question, Nafees Zakaria regretted Indian authorities for not permitting Sikh pilgrims having valid visas to travel to Pakistan for Jor Mela.
Answering another question, he said that China-Pakistan Economic Corridor is the flagship programme of China’s One Belt One Road initiative. He said the project will greatly enhance regional connectivity.
To a query, Nafees Zakaria said Pakistan regards missing of two Chinese nationals in Quetta as a matter of grave concern and the law enforcement agencies are trying their level best to trace and apprehend the perpetrators behind this crime. INP