ISLAMABAD, (MANEND NEWS): Pakistan has said it will continue to play
a constructive role in the Afghan peace process.
At his weekly news briefing in Islamabad on Thursday, Foreign Office
Spokesperson Zahid Hafeez Chaudhri said Pakistan has worked closely
with the United States to achieve durable peace and stability in
Afghanistan. He said we will continue to cooperate with the US and the
international community towards that end.
The Spokesperson said it is desire and hope of Pakistan that the
Afghan peace process succeeds and the Afghan parties agree to a
common solution which is inclusive, broad based and comprehensive.
He reiterated that there is no military solution to the conflict.
When asked to comment on Afghan President Ashraf Ghani’s recent
statement in Capitol Hill, Zahid Hafeez Chaudhri said instead of
indulging in blame game, the Afghan leadership should spend all
energy on making the peace process successful.
The Foreign Office Spokesperson welcomed the United Nations
Secretary General’s recent report which highlights the indiscriminate
targeting of Kashmiris with pellet guns in the Indian illegally occupied
Jammu and Kashmir (IIOJK). He called upon the international
community to take cognizance of the plight of oppressed Kashmiri
children. He said the meeting held in New Delhi last week was yet
another attempt by the BJP government to further marginalize the
Kashmiri people to perpetuate India’s illegal occupation in illegally
occupied Jammu and Kashmir. He said the meeting also further
exposed the falsehood of the Indian narrative of so called normalcy in
the occupied valley.
The spokesperson said any steps that are aimed at bringing further
illegal change in the Indian illegally occupied Jammu and Kashmir will
not be accepted by the Kashmiris and will also be resolutely opposed
by Pakistan. He said the only viable option is the solution of Kashmir
dispute as per the UN Security Council resolutions and aspirations of
the Kashmiri people.
FO spokespersons said that the meeting held in New Delhi last week
was yet another attempt by the BJP government to further marginalize
the Kashmiri people to perpetuate India’s illegal occupation in IIOJK.
The true representatives of the Kashmiri people, the All Parties
Hurriyat Conference (APHC), were not even involved in this futile
He said that the leadership of APHC has been clear in demanding the
Kashmiris’ right to self-determination in accordance with the relevant
UNSC Resolutions. It is evident from what has been said by the
participants after the meeting that reversal of the actions of 5 August
2019 and full restoration of statehood is a unanimous demand.
The meeting has also further exposed the falsehood of the Indian
narrative of so-called normalcy in IIOJK.
Zahid Hafeez Chaudhri said that according to the bi-annual human
rights report released by the All-Parties Hurriyat Conference, since
January this year, the Indian occupation forces have:
• Conducted 202 so-called ‘cordon-and-search’ operations;
• Destroyed 58 houses of the Kashmiri people;
• Extra-judicially killed 57 innocent Kashmiris; and
• Arbitrarily detained and arrested 350 Kashmiris.
He said that India must realize that despite applying all tools of
oppression and using state terrorism as a policy, it has failed to
subjugate the will of the Kashmiri people.
Zahid Hafeez Chaudhri said that it should now be clear to the Indian
government that any steps that are aimed at bringing further illegal
changes in the Indian Illegally Occupied Jammu and Kashmir (IIOJK)
will not be accepted by the Kashmiris and will also be resolutely
opposed by Pakistan.
He said that steps taken in the direction of just resolution of the
Jammu and Kashmir dispute as per the UN Security Council
Resolutions and wishes of the Kashmiri people are the only viable
Responding to a question, the Foreign Office Spokesperson confirmed
that Pakistan is participating as an observer in the Sea Breeze naval
exercise hosted by Ukraine keeping in perspective defense ties with
the host. He recalled that Ukraine also participated in Aman 2021
exercise hosted by Pakistan Navy. He said there is no change in
Pakistan’s principled position on Palestinian issue. He said we have
consistently called for two state solutions with pre-1967 borders and
Al-Quds al Sharif as a capital of Palestinian state.