ISLAMABAD: Foreign Office on Thursday said the Indian citizen bill is another major step towards the realisation of the concept of ‘Hindu Rashtra’ idealised and relentlessly pursued by the right-wing Hindu leaders for several decades.
At his weekly news briefing, Foreign Office spokesperson Dr Muhammad Faisal this act of India is driven by a toxic mix of extremist Hindutva ideology and hegemonic ambitions in the region. He noted that voices are also being raised within and outside India against the discriminatory legislation.
He said this act of India is driven by a toxic mix of extremist Hindutva ideology and hegemonic ambitions in the region. He noted that voices are also being raised within and outside India against the discriminatory legislation.
Voicing concerns over the situation in occupied Kashmir, the spokesperson said the humanitarian nightmare is worsening in the valley with continued military lockdown and complete communications blackout. He said this is affecting the life and property of millions of Kashmiri people who have been cut off from the rest of the world.
He said India should immediately restore internet and mobile phone services, release all the prisoners and remove all the draconian laws. He said India should allow international media and human rights observers to visit Occupied Kashmir to independently observe the situation there.
When asked about the blacklisting of former Malir SSP Rao Anwar by the US, the spokesperson said Rao Anwar is under trial for the crime committed. He expressed surprise that the US treasury department failed to hold anyone responsible for the most egregious, extensively reported and independently verified human rights violations in Indian Occupied Kashmir.
Responding to a question, the spokesperson said Pakistan has welcomed the resumption of direct talks between the United States and the Afghan Taliban. He said Pakistan has always held that there is no military solution to the conflict in Afghanistan.
“We hope the peace process is concluded soon and leads to an intra-afghan dialogue and reduction of violence in Afghanistan,” he said adding that Pakistan will continue to support all peaceful efforts there. He said it is important to remain watchful of the role of spoilers who do not want to see an end to the conflict in Afghanistan.
The spokesperson strongly denounced the assassination of Japanese physician and devoted aid worker Tetsu Nakamura in Afghanistan. He said Nakamura changed the lives of thousands of Afghan people and his work has been recognised. He said Pakistan shares the grief and pain of the Afghan and Japanese people in this tragic incident.
When asked about Foreign Minister Shah Mahmood Qureshi’s visit to Saudi Arabia, the spokesperson said it was a scheduled visit and focused on bilateral matters and regional developments. He said Pakistan and Saudi Arabia have brotherly relations deep rooted in history and based on mutual trust and understanding.
The spokesperson said Pakistan has expressed the desire for an early holding of SAARC Summit to promote regional cooperation. He said all the other South Asian countries except one have also expressed the desire of early happening of the summit. He said the 19th SAARC summit will be held in Islamabad and it is to be seen whether India wants to move forward on SAARC.
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