ISLAMABAD (92 News) – Pakistan called upon United Nations (UN) to set up independent commission to probe facts in Indian Occupied Kashmir (IoK) on Thursday.
“Voicing serious concerns over the prevailing situation in Occupied Kashmir, Kashmiris are not being allowed to offer their Friday prayers at mosques,” Foreign Office (FO) spokesperson Dr Mohammad Faisal regretted at his weekly news briefing.
“Dubbing it as contrary to international laws and conventions, he urged the international community including the UN to take notice of the brutal suppression of the religious rights and freedoms of Kashmiri people,” he said.
Dr Faisal said India should immediately restore internet and mobile phone services, release all the prisoners and remove all the draconian laws. He maintained that India should allow international media and human rights observers to visit Occupied Kashmir to independently observe the situation there.
“The humanitarian nightmare is worsening in the valley with continued military lockdown and complete communications blackout. This is affecting the life and property of millions of Kashmiri people who have been cut off from the rest of the world,” the spokesperson maintained.
Terrorism, extremism is rising in India
To a question about the remarks of former Indian army general about Kashmiri women, the spokesperson said terrorism and extremism is rising in India. It is a moment for the Indian society to introspect as to which way they are embarking upon.
Death certificate of Col (rtd) Habib Zahir fake
When asked about the letter claiming death of abducted colonel Habib Zahir, the spokesperson said it appears to be fake. He said it is obviously campaign of sensationalization being undertaken by hostile agencies against Pakistan and its nationals.
He said Pakistan and the family of Colonel Habib Zahir are extremely concerned about his whereabouts who was kidnapped more than two years ago from an area in Nepal close to Indian border.
Strongly condemns reported desecration of Holy Quran in Norway
The FO spokesperson has strongly denounced the reported desecration of Holy Quran in a Norwegian city. He also said the Muslims respect other religions and they expect the followers of other religions to also respect their religious sentiments.
Pakistan always desires to have cordial relations with India
To a question, Dr Mohammad Faisal said Pakistan has always desired to have cordial relations with neighboring India but it has never reciprocated.
Jewish settlements in occupied West Bank as illegal
To another question about the US’s endorsement of Israeli settlements in the West Bank, the FO spokesperson said Pakistan’s policy regarding this issue remains unchanged and it considers all the Jewish settlements in the occupied West Bank
as illegal under the international law.
He said the settlements will further hamper the viability of the two state solution and prospects of lasting peace in the region.