FO rejects speculations about FM Qureshi’s visit to Kabul

Pakistan condemns the extrajudicial killings of three more Kashmiri youth in IIOJK


Foreign Office spokesperson Zahid Hafeez Chaudhri has rejected speculations about Foreign Minister Shah Mahmood Qureshi’s visit to Kabul.

In a statement on Sunday, he said no visit by Foreign Minister Shah Mahmood Qureshi to Kabul is scheduled and any speculation in this regard is baseless. We continue to believe that an inclusive political settlement is the best way forward in Afghanistan. To this end, we remain engaged with all sides in Afghanistan and with the international community.

As for the formation of the new government, we believe that international consensus is very important in this regard. We see an opportunity in the form of existing international convergence on the need for peace and reconciliation in Afghanistan. The international community needs to look into the real reasons for complete meltdown of the Afghan National Defense and Security Forces and the failure of governance in Afghanistan. You may have seen the statement by the Spokesperson of the U.S. Department of Defense emphasizing the superiority of ANDSF in air power, weaponry, capability and numbers. We believe that the utter failure despite the apparent advantages needs to be looked into rather than pointing fingers at others.

Addition to this, Pakistan strongly condemns the extrajudicial killings of three more Kashmir youths in Pulwama area of the Indian Illegally Occupied Jammu and Kashmir (IIOJK) today.

In intensified state-sponsored terrorism against Kashmiris, Indian Occupation Forces have martyred six Kashmiris in the past three days.

It is a matter of grave concern that the draconian military siege, extra-judicial killings, torture in custody, enforced disappearances and incarcerations are continuing unabated in IIOJK.

The spate of violence against innocent Kashmiris only betrayed India’s frustration over its failure to suppress the just struggle of the Kashmiris for their legitimate right to self-determination.

The gross and systematic human rights violations perpetrated by the Indian Occupation Forces in IIOJK warrant investigation by the UN Commission of inquiry as recommended by the OHCHR in its reports of 2018 and 2019.

We once again call upon the international community to hold India to account for the grave and systematic human rights violations of the Kashmiri people and work for peaceful resolution of the Jammu and Kashmir dispute, in accordance with the relevant United Nations Security Council (UNSC) resolutions and wishes of the Kashmiri people.

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