Pakistan’s foreign office spokesperson Dr. Mohammad Faisal on Thursday (August 8) rejected India’s statement terming the deteriorating situation in occupied Kashmir its “internal affair”.
“Pakistan categorically rejects India’s [statement] that Kashmir is an internal matter,” Dr. Faisal said, as he reaffirmed that Pakistan will continue its political, diplomatic and moral support to Kashmiris in achieving their right to self-determination.
Dr. Muhammad Faisal said occupied Kashmir has been turned into the biggest jail of the world. He called upon the international community to take notice of the atrocities against innocent people in occupied Kashmir. The Foreign Office spokesperson said Kashmir has been on the agenda of the UNSC and is a disputed territory. Its final resolution has to be made under a UN-administered free and fair plebiscite to ascertain the wishes of the Kashmiri people.
He told a questioner that Pakistan’s Kartarpur initiative will continue notwithstanding the latest developments. Pakistan respects all religions and would continue the project.
When asked about the response of the international community to the situation, the Foreign Office spokesperson said it is a continuous process. International reaction is pouring in on this development and so far the response is very positive to our stance. He told another questioner that Pakistan is always ready for negotiations and dialogue for peaceful resolution of issues. It is India that has always shied away from negotiations and talk.
In reply to a question, Dr. Mohammad Faisal rejected the impression that Chief of Jama’at-ud-Da’wah Hafiz Saeed has been released. He said any news in this regard is fake.
Dr. Mohammad Faisal told a questioner that Pakistan believes that Hong Kong’s affairs are China’s internal matter. The measures taken by the Central Government of China and the Hong Kong Special Administrative Region government to safeguard national sovereignty and Hong Kong’s prosperity and stability are correct. All countries should uphold international law and the basic norm of non-interference in the internal affairs of other countries.
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17 November, 2019