ISLAMABAD: Pakistan has urged the international community including the United Nations, the Organisation for Islamic Cooperation and the Human Rights organizations to take practical steps to stop the Indian government from pursuing discriminatory and anti-minority policies.
At her weekly news briefing in Islamabad on Thursday, Foreign Office Spokesperson Aisha Farooqui said the world community must ensure protection of the minorities especially the Muslims and their places of worships and properties in India.
She said the large scale targeted violence against Muslims that took place in New Delhi in the backdrop of highly communal statements by the Baharatiya Janata Party (BJP) leaders had been a matter of great concern for Pakistan and it was highly condemnable.
She also condemned the desecration and vandalization of places of worships in New Delhi. “At least 14 mosques and one Dargah were reportedly burnt down by Hindutva vigilantes within three to four days. These sacred places were deliberately rampaged whilst copies of holy Quran were desecrated,” she said.
Voicing concerns over the gross human rights violations in occupied Jammu and Kashmir and attempts to bring about demographic change there, the spokesperson said Jammu and Kashmir was an internationally recognized dispute which had been reaffirmed repeatedly by the UN Security Council, the UN secretary general and most recently by the OIC’s special envoy on Jammu and Kashmir.
Responding to a question about Afghanistan, Aisha Farooqui said Pakistan had felicitated Ashraf Ghani over his election as the president of the country.
She said Pakistan had maintained that the US-Taliban peace agreement was a historic step towards the ultimate aim of achieving peace and stability in Afghanistan. She said it was now a significant opportunity to move towards the next step of intra-Afghan dialogue.
“Pakistan has played its role of facilitator and it is now the responsibility of Afghans and their representatives to take the process forward and arrive at a solution for peace and stability in Afghanistan,” she said.
To a question, the FO spokesperson said that Pakistan had raised the issue of the release of Dr Aafia Siddiqui with the US and talks on the matter were continuing.
When asked about coronavirus, the spokesperson said necessary steps have been taken by the federal and provincial governments at the airports and border areas to contain the virus. She said we are also constituting a plan to see how best our diplomats abroad can be protected against the virus.