ISLAMABAD: Pakistan reiterated on Thursday its call for the immediate lifting of a security and communications lockdown, the restoration of internet services and the release of political prisoners in the Jammu and Kashmir occupied India.
Speaking at a weekly briefing in Islamabad, Foreign Office spokesperson Aisha Farooqui said the international community needs to heed and express concern about Indian violence in the occupied area and raise voice for the Kashmiris facing a complete blackout since the illegal actions of India on August 5.
She reaffirmed Pakistan’s resolve to continue to highlight the Kashmiri issue at any international forum before they obtain their right to self-determination.
The spokesman said Pakistan faced challenges along the Control Line in the form of regular unprovoked ceasefire violations by India and heavy weapons deployment. She said Pakistan expressed with the United Nations and international partners its reservations about it.
Ms. Farooqui said the Minister of Foreign Affairs recently wrote the seventh letter to the president of the UNSC, telling him about the condition of the control line alone.
She said efforts are being made in this regard to a question about holding a special session of the Organization of Islamic Cooperation (OIC) on Kashmir in Islamabad. She added the OIC’s next regular session in Islamabad to Pakistan’s desires.
Answering a question about Abu Dhabi Crown Prince Sheik Mohamed bin Zayed Al Nahyan’s ongoing visit to Pakistan, the spokesman said Pakistan and the UAE had a strong and wide relationship.
To a question about the Afghan peace process, Aisha Farooqui said that in the Afghan peace talks Pakistan has played a positive role and wants an early settlement in the Afghan problem. She said Pakistan would continue to promote Afghanistan’s peace process.
Highlighting the achievements of Pakistan’s foreign policy over the past year, the spokesperson said Pakistan has made some significant progress in improving relations with various countries, including Saudi Arabia, the UAE, Turkey and Qatar.
She said several foreign dignitaries were visiting Pakistan to further enhance bilateral ties, including the Saudi Crown Prince, the Malaysian Prime Minister, and the British royal couple.