FO spokesman says Pak would continue to extend its moral, political and diplomatic support to Kashmiris
ISLAMABAD, April 20 (SABAH): Pakistan says will of people in Occupied Kashmir was clearly visible in their outright rejection of sham elections there.
Foreign Office Spokesperson Muhammad Nafees Zakaria said in his weekly news briefing in Islamabad on Thursday that brute force against innocent Kashmiris who refused to participate in shame elections reflected suppression of the human urge for freedom.
He expressed Pakistan’s concern over statement last week by Indian Home Minister that the Indian Government will control the situation within a year and that New Delhi would do whatever it could for the purpose.
The spokesperson pointed out that this statement has been followed by operation against educational institutions. Dozens of colleges have been attacked injuring thousands of students both boys and girls.
He said India is also engaged in worst kind of human rights violations which amounts to trampling of UN charter and international covenants and conventions on human rights. Recently leaked video in which a youth was used as human shield by Indian occupation forces is one such example.
Referring to widespread use of pellet guns against Kashmiris, Nafees Zakaria said this is first incident of mass blinding in the human history. He said Guardian newspaper of the United Kingdom too had regretted that there was no recorded incident of a modern democracy systematically shooting on people to blind them.
The spokesperson said Pakistan would continue to extend its moral, political and diplomatic support to Kashmiris in their just struggle for right to self-determination.
He said Pakistan wants meaningful, result-oriented, sustained and constructive engagements with India to address all issues particularly the dispute of Jammu and Kashmir. He said India needs to understand that hostility and escalation will benefit none.
Replying to a question about RAW agent Kulbhushan Jadhav, the spokesperson said was tried in a transparent manner on charges of espionage, sabotage, subversion and terrorist activities in Pakistan. He made repeated confessions about his involvement in these activities. He said inflammatory statements emanating from India are against international norms and would result only in escalation of tension. He said Indian reaction to award of death penalty to the RAW agent should be seen in the backdrop of exposure of its state involvement in terrorism in Pakistan.
To another question, he said disappearance of retired Colonel Habib Zahir of Pakistan Army from Nepal is a classic case of entrapment. He said involvement of hostile agencies cannot be ruled out. He said Nepalese Government is being updated on the issue and the latest update was provided day before yesterday.
Replying to a question about visit of the US National Security Advisor to Pakistan, he said all issues of mutual interest especially Afghanistan and regional security situation were discussed with him. He said Pakistan would like to engage with the new US administration to build on foundations on which our bilateral relations rest. He reiterated that there was no organized presence of DAESH in Pakistan.