ISLAMABAD: FO has informed about Pakistan’s formal offer to India made a formal offer to India apropos granting of consular access to Kulbhushan Jadhav and awaits response from them.
Focusing on the dilemma of terrorism FO stated that PM was committed vis-à-vis the Afghan issue and matters related to the visit of Taliban as announced the Prime Minister are being finalized. Claiming that the country’s role in playing a pivotal role in taking forward the peace process had been widely acknowledged, FO maintained that Pakistan had been facilitating the talks with Taliban to bring peace, prosperity and stability in the region: “Pakistan will keep on supporting peaceful, stable, united, democratic and prosperous Afghanistan,” FO added.
Commenting on the US President Donald Trump’s offer of mediation on Kashmir issue, FO held that Pakistan looks forward to efforts of the international community for resolution of the dispute. FO maintained that US President’s offer of mediation on Kashmir dispute was a monumental success of Pakistan’s foreign policy.
FO stressed that Kashmir was the cornerstone of Pakistan’s foreign policy, and the country would utilize all options under the UN resolutions if India proceeded to change status of occupied Kashmir in its constitution. FO pointed out that India recently had been committing frequent ceasefire violations along Line of Control, targeting civilians. FO had summoned the Indian High Commissioner on 28th and 30th of July 2019, and today as well and lodged a strong protest over the ceasefire violations. According to FO there are reports that ten of thousands of additional Indian troops were being deployed in occupied Kashmir, which would further deteriorate human rights situation in the held territory.
Commenting on the Kartarpur Corridor project, FO informed that seventy to eighty percent work had been completed on ground as well as on agreement. FO, while focusing on the US sanctions against Iranian FM Jawad Zarif, stated that Pakistan always believed that dialogue and diplomacy should be given a chance.