Pak fully supports Afghan peace process: FM Qureshi
Zalmay Khalilzad lauds Pakistan’s role for enduring peace in Afghanistan
8m Kashmiris in open prison
MULTAN/ ISLAMABAD/ RIYADH:
Foreign Minister Shah Mahmood Qureshi on Friday said that Pakistan would benefit from its recent agreement with Switzerland. Talking to media in Multan on Friday, he said that Pakistan wants peace in Afghanistan and fully supports Afghan peace process.
The foreign minister said that Intra-Afghan dialogue is imperative for creating enabling environment for successful of Afghan Peace Process. Responding to a question regarding approval of citizenship bill in India, the Foreign Minister said it deprived rights of Muslim population in India.
Discussing Kashmir issue, he asked India to stop brutalities in the held valley. He said US congress discussed Kashmir issue at great length and now the entire world is aware about happenings in Kashmir. To another question, Shah Mehmood Qureshi said Islamophobia has harmed soft image of Islam.
Talking to the US Special Envoy on Afghanistan Zalmay Khalilzad who called on him at the Foreign Office in Islamabad on Friday, Foreign Minister Shah Mahmood Qureshi has assured that Pakistan will continue to sincerely play the role of facilitator in the Afghan peace process. The Foreign Minister said peace in Afghanistan is important for peace and stability in the region.
He reiterated Pakistan s stance that there is no military solution to the Afghan conflict. The US envoy apprised the Foreign Minister about the details of the US-Taliban talks. Zalmay Khalilzad appreciated Pakistan s role for peace in Afghanistan.
US Special Representative for Afghanistan Zalmay Khalilzad on Friday lauded Pakistan’s role for enduring peace in Afghanistan. Zalmay Khalilzad visited foreign office to meet Foreign Minister Shah Mehmood Qureshi. During the meeting matters related to mutual interest including Afghan peace process were discussed.
Speaking on the occasion, Shah Mehmood Qureshi said, Pakistan firmly believes that Afghanistan issue cannot be resolve through force. The only solution is table talks. Pinning hope for the revival of the US-Afghan Taliban peace talks, FM Qureshi said peace of the region is connected with peace in Afghanistan.
Pakistan will continue to play its positive role for peace and stability in Afghanistan, he continued. The visiting US Envoy Zalmay Khalilzad apprised the foreign minister about his recent delegation level talks with the Afghan Taliban. He also appreciated Pakistan’s role for peace and stability in Afghanistan.
Earlier during his official stay in Riyadh, in an interview with an Arab newspaper, Qureshi said that four months after Delhi stripped autonomy from Indian-administered Kashmir, the region is paralyzed politically and economically, with communication channels closed and independent observers shut out. It is, according to Pakistani Foreign Minister Shah Mahmood Qureshi, a hopeless situation that cannot be remedied until the people are allowed to speak for themselves.
Qureshi said, never have people seen such a prolonged curfew day and night. It has paralyzed the entire state of Jammu and Kashmir. Eight million people are in an open prison. They have been denied their fundamental rights. Their religious freedom has been curtailed. People cannot go to mosques to pray on Fridays. Young girls are being molested. Boys are being picked up and tortured to instill fear among the community.
Qureshi also claimed that so many people had been detained that Kashmir’s prisons are now full, and prisoners are now being airlifted to other regions. He added that, aside from imperiling basic human rights and civil liberties, the lockdown has also endangered the state’s economy.