The FO reminds the global community that May 7 marks a day of continued oppression at IOJ & K
Indian-occupied Kashmir has been locked since August 5. PHOTOS: REUTERS / FILE
Pakistan on Thursday once again urged the international community to pay attention to the current regional situation and hold India accountable for illegal actions which constitute “maintaining peace and stability in South Asia”.
“We also urge the world community to work to ensure a peaceful resolution of the Jammu and Kashmir dispute in accordance with UN Security Council resolutions and the wishes of the people of Kashmir,” the Foreign Office said in its weekly briefing.
The FO reminded the global community that May 7 marked the day of 227 days of persistent oppression at IOJ & K and about the inhuman lockouts carried out by people in the region on August 5, 2019.
Islamabad reminds the world that it is very alarming that the situation at IOJ & K continues to worsen under brutal military crackdown by Indian forces.
FO spokesman Aisha Farooqui said that since yesterday, Indian troops had once again completely shut down Internet services in the occupied valley after the lives of other Kashmiri resistance fighters were taken up at the so-called “meetings”.
In addition, FO insisted, there were reports that Indian security forces fired pellets and live ammunition at peaceful protesters, killing at least one innocent Kashmiri and injuring a number of others. “These Indian actions are very condemned.”
“Pakistan strongly condemns ongoing state terrorism and extra-judicial killings of innocent Kashmiri citizens in what is called a ‘guard and search’ operation at IOJ & K,” FO said.
Farooqui underlined that despite the surge in the Covid-19 case at IOJ & K, the Indian occupation forces continued the campaign of oppression and brutality of the Kashmiri people without ceasing.
The FO stated that innocent Kashmir was killed in a fake gathering and “fake search and surveillance operations”. In addition, in inhumane practices, even the mortal remnants of those killed are not left to the families of the deceased.
“Thousands of Kashmiri men, women and children took to the streets to protest India’s brutality and tell the world community that they reject India’s illegal occupation,” FO said.
Pakistan insists that India must realize that India cannot destroy the will of the Kashmir people and suppress their indigenous resistance movements through the use of force.
“Intensive resistance at IOJ & K is a direct consequence of the oppression and brutality campaign of Indian Kashmiris. We also firmly reject, again, India’s unfounded accusations of “infiltration”, which are designed to divert attention from the gross violations of Indian human rights at IOJ & K and to create excuses for “false flag” operations, “defending FO.
Pakistan insists that while making the international community aware of such a possibility, the country has consistently urged India to refrain from actions it considers irresponsible and irresponsible which could have serious implications for peace and security in the region.
“We once again ask the international community to pay attention to the situation and hold India responsible for illegal actions that endanger peace and stability in South Asia.”
The international community is urged to work towards ensuring a peaceful settlement of the Jammu and Kashmir dispute in accordance with UN Security Council resolutions and the wishes of the people of Kashmir.
‘United against Covid-19’
The press report also informed that President Arif Alvi represented Pakistan at the Special Online Summit of the Non-Aligned Movement held by the President of Azerbaijan in the capacity of the current NAM chairman, with the theme “United Against Covid-19”.
According to FO, the president gave Pakistan’s perspective on steps taken at the national level to reduce and respond to the corona virus and the socio-economic challenges arising from the pandemic.
“Pakistan’s national response includes a targeted detention approach, strengthening the health system and financial support for vulnerable individuals and small businesses.”
Stressing that the crisis must be turned into an opportunity, President Alvi underscored the importance of a holistic response to Covid-19 with a broader dimension of development, as well as overcoming health system challenges, FO said.
In addition, it was informed that during the past week, Foreign Minister Shah Mahmood Qureshi held telephone conversations with his colleagues in Oman, Bahrain, Iran, Switzerland, Finland and New Zealand.
Qureshi stressed the need for bilateral joint efforts to reduce the economic impact of the Covid-19 pandemic, especially for developing countries.
In this context, he also highlighted the importance of the Prime Minister’s Global Initiative for Debt Reduction, and the responses it has gathered from international donors and financial institutions.
“Immediately after the Covid-19 outbreak, and as part of a national effort, our Ministry of Foreign Affairs and Missions abroad continued to provide assistance and assistance to our foreign community wherever needed,” FO said.
He added that “the return of our citizens in their home countries also continues in accordance with a comprehensive and phased plan developed in coordination with all stakeholders.”
The FO states that the embassy and its consulate work around the clock, seven days a week, for this relief and return effort.
It was stated that as part of the fourth phase of the repatriation plan, between 1 and 5 May 2020, 1,122 Pakistanis were brought back from Dubai, 252 from Qatar, 111 from Bahrain, 252 from Sudan, including 214 Tablighis, 221 from Kenya, 273 from Britain Raya, 40 from Sri Lanka, 132 from the Republic of Korea and 56 from five European countries – the Netherlands, Belgium, Germany, Hungary and Switzerland via six special PIA flights
In addition, 193 Pakistani citizens have been repatriated from India via Wahga-Attari Crossing Points in the past few days.
From March 21 to May 6, 19,329 Pakistani citizens were brought back from various countries around the world.
This included 762 members of Tablighi Jamaat who were stranded in various countries and 868 prisoners. The number of Pakistani citizens still awaiting repatriation in various countries is 108,592.
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