Presence of terrorist outfits in Afghanistan a threat to regional peace: FO

September 14, 2017

ISLAMABAD: Amnesty International in its recent report has demanded a ban on the use of pellet guns by Indian occupied forces on defenseless Kashmiris.

During weekly media briefing foreign office spokesperson Nafess Zakaria Thursday said that Indian occupation forces continue to commit crimes against innocent Kashmiris with impunity.

“Amnesty International has demanded ban on pellet guns, which has blinded scores of Kashmiris including children and students, both girls and boys. In its 112 pages report, AI has said that the effects of these weapons will be felt for years to come”, he added.

Spokesperson said Foreign Minister Khwaja Asif’s recent visits to China, Iran and Turkey have been successful as Pakistan has aptly delivered its stance on regional politics and security issues. “Foreign Minister’s visit took place to review the latest developments and consult regional countries in the view of recent political developments,” he added.

He said during the visit, all the sides have agreed upon some convergence points such as peace in Afghanistan is important for stability in the region and there is no military solution of Afghan conflict; Pakistan has contributed immensely in the fight against terrorism and has rendered unprecedented sacrifices, suffered human and economic losses.

Spokesperson said that all the sides also agreed that presence of terrorist outfits in Afghanistan and safe havens are a threat to regional countries and terrorism is a global phenomenon and hence warrants global cooperation.

It has also been emphasized that for lasting regional peace, resolution of disputes like Kashmir is important and human rights violations in IoK are a matter of serious concern and condemnable.

He said that Pakistan strongly condemns the atrocities by Indian occupation forces. “In current month only, the brutal use of force have caused martyrdom of 09 Kashmiris and injured 74 so far, in Kulgam, Sopore, Srinagar, and Pulwama areas”.

He said that minorities’ persecution in India testifies India’s callous attitudes towards Human Rights.

Responding to the question about persecution of Rohingya Muslims he said that Pakistan has already committed to provide all the humanitarian assistance to Muslims in Myanmar.

He said the UN High Commissioner for Human Rights has also strongly condemned human rights violations committed by Hindu terrorists, persecution of religious minorities and deplored position taken by India in the context of Rohingya Muslims. – APP