India turns Kashmir valley into a military camp: FO
ISLAMABAD (92 News) – Condemning the Indian atrocities in occupied Kashmir, Foreign Office spokesperson Dr Muhammad Faisal termed that the valley has been turned into a military camp where people are under siege facing injustice, harassment and barbarism.
At his weekly news briefing in Islamabad today, Dr Faisal said India should stop misleading international community on Kashmir dispute and accept the ground realities and aspirations of the people of Kashmir.
He said India cannot crush the freedom movement through its hostilities. He also expressed concerns over illegal detention of Hurriyat leaders and demanded their release at the earliest.
India releases Samjhota Express incident’s culprits
When asked about Samjhota Express incident, the FO spokesperson said Pakistan has raised this issue at all the important forums and also protested with India over the release of the culprits. He said about forty two Pakistani people were martyred in the despicable incident.
Pakistan ready to hold dialogue with India
The spokesperson said Pakistan is ready to hold dialogue with India on all issues including the core dispute of Jammu and Kashmir.
Pakistan asks US, Iran to show restraint
Pakistan has asked the United States and Iran to show restraint and resolve their issues through negotiations.
Commenting on the US-Iran tension, the spokesperson said the recent developments in the Persian Gulf are disturbing. He said the US decision to deploy aircraft carrier and bombers have added to the tension and the existing precarious security situation in the Middle East.
The spokesperson warned that any miscalculated move can transmute into a large scale conflict.
UAE to release 572 Pakistani prisoners
DR Faisal also said the UAE government has decided to release 572 Pakistani prisoners languishing in their jails. He said our mission in the UAE is in touch with the UAE authorities in order to expedite their release and deportation.
“We will also hear good news regarding release of Pakistani prisoners in Saudi jails very soon, the spokesperson said while responding to a question. He said fifty Pakistanis were deported from the United States yesterday through a chartered flight.
FM Qureshi to pay visit to Kyrgyzstan
To another question, Dr Muhammad Faisal said that Foreign Minister Shah Mahmood Qureshi is scheduled to pay a two day visit to Bishkek, Kyrgyzstan from 21st of this month to participate in the SCO meeting of Council of Foreign Ministers.
He mentioned that the meeting will provide an opportunity to Pakistan to highlight its interest in the regional peace and stability. He said the Prime Minister is expected to participate in the SCO Heads of State Meeting being held on 13th and 14th of next month in Bishkek.
Return of Afghan refugees
When asked about the return of Afghan refugees, Dr Muhammad Faisal admitted that the pace of repatriation slowed down due to various reasons. He, however, said Pakistan is engaged with Afghanistan to ensure dignified and voluntary return of the refugees.