Islamabad welcomes Beijing role for Pak-India peace

Agencies/Islamabad
July 15, 2017 0 Comments INTERNATIONAL 101 Views
Islamabad welcomes Beijing role for Pak-India peace

Pakistan on Thursday said that it welcomed China’s offer to defuse Pak-India tension.
Addressing a weekly news briefing here, Foreign Office Spokesperson Nafees Zakaria said that India’s belligerent attitude was a threat to regional peace and security.
“Regarding Chinese spokesperson’s statement [to play a role for Pak-India peace], we share international community’s growing concern over the deteriorating situation on the Line of Control (LoC) due to Indian belligerent posturing, to divert international attention from its atrocities in Kashmir,” he said.
Zakaria said that Pakistan believed in resolving all issues through dialogue.
“The United Nations secretary general, US president, Chinese leadership and others have expressed concern and offered to play role in lessening the tension and resolving the core issue of Kashmir, which we have welcomed,” he added.
The spokesperson however, did not comment on reports that at the request of Pakistani government, China could send its military in occupied Kashmir as India did in the case of Sikkim sector on behalf of Bhutan.
Zakaria said India had for long tried to taint the indigenous Kashmiri movement for self-determination in held Kashmir by equating it with terrorism, which the international community out rightly rejects.
“Their lies about infiltration and external support to indigenous movement for self-determination in held Kashmir stood exposed when 3,000 mass graves were discovered in 2009 by a non-governmental organisation,” he maintained.
Zakaria said that Kashmir was an internationally-recognised dispute.
“There are unimplemented resolutions on the agenda of the UN Security Council for the last seven decades. Dream of peace and stability of 1.5 billion people in the region will remain elusive without its just resolution in accordance with the UN Security Council resolutions. Pakistan has consistently maintained that the dispute can be resolved only through realisation of the right of self determination through a fair, free and transparent plebiscite under the auspices of the UN in accordance with the UNSC resolutions,” he contended.
Zakaria said that the use of human shields as was done in held Kashmir had no place in the civilised world.
Adviser to the Prime Minister on Foreign Affairs Sartaj Aziz, he said, had written to the UNSG, president of the UNGA and the Human Rights Commission in this regard.
“As Indian atrocities in Kashmir continue to intensify, it’s time that the international community take concrete measures immediately to stop the bloodshed of innocent Kashmiris,” he said.
Asked about Indian External Affairs Minister Sushma Swaraj’s claim that Pakistan had not responded regarding the issuance of visa to the mother of convicted Indian spy Kulbhushan Jhadav, he said, the request by India was being considered in Pakistan.
“Jhadav is a serving Indian naval officer and involved in multiple acts of espionage, subversive activities, terrorism and terrorism financing in Pakistan. He has been sentenced to death and investigations still continue based on the information that he continues to provide of his accomplices and networks operating in Pakistan,” he added.
Zakaria said that it was highly regrettable that India had placed restrictions on visas for patients who were suffering from serious and terminal illnesses.
“Asking for a letter from the foreign affairs adviser is against the diplomatic norms. Such a requirement has not been prescribed for any other country. We are making suitable alternative arrangements, both within Pakistan as well as in friendly countries,” he said.
Zakaria condemned killing of innocent civilians by India.

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