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No sign of Pak-India dialogue to restore: FO

No sign of Pak-India dialogue to restore: FO
March 24, 2017

ISLAMABAD (92 News) – Foreign Office Spokesman Nafees Zakaria has said that there is no sign for the restoration of the dialogue between India and Pakistan.


At the weekly news briefing in Islamabad on Friday, the Foreign Office spokesman said that India is not serious to punish the accused in Samjhota Express case. The Indian authorities neither contacted to call the witnesses nor was anything done at diplomatic level, he said.


He also condemned Indian troops' torturing of seven journalists covering Pakistan Day celebrations in the Occupied Kashmir. Zakaria said that Indian authorities also detained Hurriyet leaders barring them from attending Pakistan Day function at country's high commission in New Delhi.


He expressed concerns over the arrest of 131 youth and 30 Hurriyet leaders last week.


He said Indian targeting civilians in Azad Kashmir and heightening tension on the Line of Control has threatened peace in the region.


Replying to a question on Indian massive purchase of weapons by India, Zakaria said Pakistan does not want arms race in the region and desires to solve issues with Indian through dialogue. 


He urged the international community to influence India to respond positively to Pakistan's initiatives for peace.


To a question, the spokesman said not mentioning of human rights violations in the Occupied Kashmir has put a question mark on the credibility of the US human rights report.


The spokesman said Pakistan opened its border with Afghanistan as a goodwill gesture and it hoped Afghan Government would remove root cause that led to closure of the border.


To a question, he said Pakistan will attend a conference regarding Afghanistan to be held in Moscow, but it will be decided later that at which level Pakistan will participate in the moot.


To another question, Nafees Zakaria said efforts are being made to get Ijaz Hussain Jamali released from kidnappers in South Sudan.