ISLAMABAD: Foreign Office Spokesperson Dr Muhammad Faisal on Thursday stated that any attempt by India to divert the flow of Western rivers would be considered an act of aggression and Pakistan had the right to respond to it.
At his weekly news briefing in Islamabad, Dr Muhammad Faisal reacted strongly to Indian Prime Minister Narendra Modi’s recent statement, threatening to stop the flow of water to Pakistan.
He said Pakistan had exclusive rights on the waters of three western rivers under the Indus Water Treaty (IWT).
The spokesperson said that such statements coming from the Indian leadership were another glaring example of the fact that the Modi government was bent upon making India an irresponsible aggressor state that had no regard for human rights and international obligations. He said such statements should be an eye opener for the world which must realize the extremist government of Modi was a clear threat to peace in South Asia and the World.
Condemning Indian blatant human rights violations in Occupied Kashmir, he said the humanitarian nightmare in the held valley was worsening with continued military lockdown and complete communications blockade. Which, he said, risked lives of people there. He said eight million people in occupied Kashmir remained cut off from the rest of the world. He said the inhumane and unilateral actions by India were continuing in spite of international condemnation. He said India, in a state of panic and in the face of international criticism, was falsely trying to claim normalcy whilst continuing with gross human rights violations in the valley.
He said the revocation of special status of the occupied Kashmir had pushed India into the blind alley and it was not finding way to come out of this situation. He said the world leaders today were demanding the resolution of this festering dispute. He said resolution of the dispute lied in the plebiscite as per the UN Security Council resolutions.
About Kartarpur corridor, the spokesperson said Pakistan had almost completed work on the corridor.
Responding to a question about the visit of Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan, the spokesperson said Pakistan and Turkey had deep brotherly relations and both the countries maintained regular leadership level contacts. He said the visit of the Turkish President has been postponed for the time being and it will be rescheduled.
To a question, Dr Muhammad Faisal said Turkey has remained a victim of terrorism for a long time and we need to recognize its legitimate security concerns in the region. He said the Prime Minister called the Turkish President and reiterated Pakistan’s support and solidarity with Turkey.
He said Pakistan continues to support the territorial integrity of Syria and hopes a political solution to the Syrian conflict will be reached at the earliest.