Highlight Kashmir cause: President Alvi to envoys


121st days of IoK’s siege


President Dr. Arif Alvi has urged the Pakistani high commissioners and ambassadors to strongly highlight Kashmir dispute and the harrows of Indian oppression. He was talking to Ambassador designate to Hungary Muhammad Aejaz who called on him in here on Tuesday.

The President said Pakistan will never condone the blatant human rights violation in Occupied Kashmir at the hands of fascist Indian regime and will always stand by its Kashmiri brethren. Arif Alvi said Pakistan attaches great importance to its relations with Hungary and was keen to further enhance these relations both at the bilateral level as well as in the context of EU.

However, he said that the current volume of bilateral trade between the two countries does not commensurate to the true potential. Therefore, there was a dire need to diversify the bilateral trade. He further said that Pakistan offered a range of opportunities for investment, especially in energy, agriculture & food processing, and pharmaceuticals. Hence the Ambassador-designate must make all-out efforts to promote Pakistan’s economic and commercial interests in Hungary and utilize existing institutional mechanisms.

Referring to the government efforts towards the promotion and development of tourism and archaeological heritage of Pakistan, he directed the ambassador-designate to encourage exchange of tourist and people-to-people contacts between the two sides. He also appreciated Hungarian government’s initiative of offering 200 scholarships to Pakistani students. He emphasized that the ambassador must keep a close liaison with the Pakistani community in order to resolve their issues efficiently and efficiently.

In occupied Kashmir, an atmosphere of fear and intimidation continues to prevail in the Kashmir Valley and Muslim majority areas of Jammu region as Indian military lockdown entered 121st straight day, Tuesday. Restrictions under Section 144 are enforced amid continued heavy military presence. Internet across all platforms and prepaid cellular networks are shut and messaging continues to remain suspended.

People in the besieged Valley continue to observe civil disobedience to show their resistance to the August 5 illegal moves adopted by the Indian government in IOK. As part of this movement, Kashmiris don’t open their shops except for a few hours in the morning or evening. They also stay away from schools and offices. Public transport largely remains off the roads as well.

Indian troops in their unabated act of state terrorism martyred seven Kashmiris in the occupied Kashmir during the month of November.

During the month, eighty-two people were critically injured due to the firing of bullets, pellets and teargas shells on peaceful demonstrators by the Indian military, paramilitary and police personnel in the occupied territory. At least sixty civilians, mostly youth and political activists including one, Bashir Ahmad Qureshi, were arrested.

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