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PM Khan to attend opening ceremony of Beijing Winter Olympics

The prime minister will attend the opening ceremony of Winter Olympics Games in Beijing. Source: FILE.

ISLAMABAD: Prime Minister Imran Khan is paying a three-day visit to China to attend the opening ceremony of Winter Olympics Games in Beijing. 

This was confirmed by Foreign Office Spokesperson Asim Iftikhar at his weekly news briefing in Islamabad, saying the prime minister will visit on February 5 at the invitation of Chinese leadership.

The spokesperson said Prime Minister Imran Khan, during his visit, will also interact with the Chinese leadership to further strengthen Pakistan-China strategic cooperative partnership and exchange views on regional and international issues.

The spokesperson said Pakistan looks forward to the successful Winter Olympics in Beijing. He said Pakistan welcomes the Global Development Initiative put forward by Chinese President Xi Jinping as a timely and good intention step to facilitate implementation of the UN 2030 agenda for sustainable development.

He noted it will help promote international cooperation required to overcome the triple challenge faced by the world including Covid-19, related economic crisis and climate change.

The spokesperson said the Global Development Initiative will open up new avenues of collaboration with developing countries in support of their post pandemic economic recovery as well as long-term sustainable growth.

He said Pakistan and China are strong development partners and we look forward to further strengthen this partnership under China’s Global Development Initiative.

Responding to a question, the Foreign Office Spokesperson said Pakistan remains committed to peaceful relations with its neighbours including India. He, however, said the onus is on India to create an enabling environment for dialogue.

He regretted there is no visible change in the hostile attitude and negative behaviour of India. The spokesperson said Pakistan will continue to highlight Kashmir dispute and the rights of oppressed Kashmiri people at all the international forums.

“It is reprehensible that Indian occupation forces are continuing with the killing spree in Indian Illegally Occupied Jammu and Kashmir (IIOJK). Since the start of this year, at least 15 Kashmiris have fallen victim to extra-judicial killings in fake encounters and so-called cordon-and-search operations. At least 210 Kashmiris were martyred in 2021. India is also shamelessly targeting journalists and human rights defenders.”

The spokesperson said there is a real possibility that India might stage another False Flag Operation to complicate the current situation. He said we continue to alert our friends in international community about this prospect.

He called on the international community to take immediate notice of the Indian state terrorism in Indian illegally occupied Jammu and Kashmir and hold India accountable for the egregious violations of human rights and international humanitarian law in IIOJK.

He said India must allow unhindered access to international human rights and humanitarian organisations to conduct independent investigations in the IIOJK. Regarding the situation in Afghanistan, the spokesperson said urgent action is required to stave off a humanitarian disaster there.

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