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Peace in Afghanistan in Pakistan’s own interest: Qureshi

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ISLAMABAD/ ISTANBUL
Foreign Minister Shah Mehmood Qureshi on Tuesday said Pakistan was fully committed to advancing and safeguarding human rights and fundamental freedom of all citizens in accordance with Constitution and national laws.
“Mindful of our international and domestic obligations, we will continue to take institutional, legal and administrative steps to ensure the promotion and protection of human rights,” the foreign minister said in a message on International Human Rights Day.
The Foreign Minister stressed that the government was following a multi-pronged strategy of advancing complementary objectives of sustainable development, human rights and democracy to create an inclusive society for all citizens without discrimination, as envisioned by the Father of the Nation, Quaid-i-Azam Muhammad Ali Jinnah.
He said as a responsible state, Pakistan always supported inter-cultural and inter-religious harmony and mutual understanding and also believed in constructive engagement and cooperation among all stakeholders to further the cause of human rights.
Qureshi said while commemorating the day, support must be extended to the people under occupation who faced gross human rights violations and denial of fundamental freedom including the right to self-determination.
“The people of Indian Occupied Jammu and Kashmir (IOJ&K) continue to face the worst form of brutalization and abuses by Indian occupation forces. Post August 5, India has applied draconian measures to suppress Kashmiri voices from reaching the international community,” he said.
He called upon the international community to take urgent steps to stop human rights violations and crimes against humanity in IOJ&K, urge India to implement all UN Security Council resolutions on Jammu and Kashmir dispute and fulfill its obligations related to protection of the rights of women and children.
“On this day, let me reaffirm Pakistan’s unwavering diplomatic, political and moral support to the people of Occupied Jammu and Kashmir in their just struggle for human dignity, respect of all fundamental freedoms and realization of their inalienable right to self-determination,” he added.
Qureshi mentioned that more than seven decades had passed since adoption of the Universal Declaration of Human Rights (UDHR), promising a world based on equality and protection of fundamental freedoms of all human beings without discrimination.
He said Pakistan, being one of the first signatories of the UDHR, joined the international community in celebrating Human Rights Day and reaffirming resolve to promote the human rights agenda.
He also paid tribute to the visionary leaders of Pakistan particularly Begum Shaista Ikramullah who as one of the three non-Western women left a strong imprint on the UDHR.
Talking to media in Istanbul, he said Pakistan deems that establishment of peace in Afghanistan will lead to more bilateral trade between Pakistan and Afghanistan.
He said Pakistan will have opportunities of investment, reconstruction, and infrastructure development in Afghanistan.
Shah Mahmood Qureshi said Pakistan has played a positive role in holding of talks between the US and Taliban in Doha and this contribution is being hailed by the world.
He said the international community is also appreciative of Pakistan for clearing its side of the border from terrorists.
Shah Mahmood Qureshi said Pakistan has created internal political consensus regarding its tribal belt and merged it into Khyber Pakhtunkhwa.
He said the incumbent government has allocated a special financial package for the development of erstwhile FATA to remove the sense of deprivation and poverty from the area.
He said Pakistan made it clear at the Heart of Asia Conference that Islamabad cannot make efforts in Afghan peace process alone and the world should come forward to play its role in this regard.

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