The first round of Track-II dialogue between Pakistan and India will begin here in the federal capital from today (Friday). The delegations from the nuclear-arch rivals will attend the dialogues which would continue for two days. The officials from Foreign Office will also attend the dialogues. The second round of Track-II dialogue would be held in New Delhi. The Track-II dialogue between Pakistan and India is being organized by Regional Peace Institute (RPI).
This would be the first dialogues between two countries after tensions rose in February. Regional Peace Institute (RPI) head Rauf Hassan said that Track-II diplomacy is the first step to improve relations between the governments of both the countries and the main objective of the talks is to bring youth of the two countries to peace. He said that working sessions would be held between the two countries to access relation between the two countries on the first day, adding that former ambassadors will also participate in the talks.
Pakistan and India will hold a meeting on Sunday to discuss the draft agreement for finalizing the modalities of Kartarpur Corridor. At the weekly news briefing in Islamabad on Thursday, Foreign Office Spokesperson Dr Muhammad Faisal said the Indian delegation will come to Pakistan for the talks to be held at Wagah. The spokesperson said that the International Court of Justice will give its judgment in Kulbhushan Yadav case on the 17th of this month. He said we cannot prejudge the judgment but said Pakistan fully contested the case before the ICJ.
Referring to the Indian atrocities in occupied Kashmir, the Foreign Office spokesperson said Pakistan has welcomed the second report of the UN High Commissioner for Human Rights and also welcome their demand for sending a fact-finding mission to the occupied territory.
Responding to a question about Doha talks, Dr Muhammad Faisal said Pakistan is happy over the progress in the Afghan peace process.
He said Pakistan’s facilitative role in talks has been acknowledged and appreciated. He said we believe in an Afghan-led and Afghan-owned solution of the Afghan conflict. He said Pakistan will continue to support international efforts aimed at bringing peace and stability to Afghanistan.
The spokesperson said Prime Minister Imran Khan is paying a three-day visit to the United States from 21st of this month.
He said Prime Minister Imran Khan and the US President Donald Trump will have wide-ranging interaction at the White House on 22nd July covering bilateral and regional matters.
The foreign office spokesperson Dr. Faisal today lashed out against growing aggression against occupied Kashmir by India today (Thursday) which resulted in a death of a youth. The FO spokesman slammed India for continued atrocities in the valley and demanded action from the United Nations upon the issue. The spokesperson hailed the recent report released by the global body over the sufferings being inflicted on Kashmiri’s. Dr. Faisal said that the report is testament to the oppression and tyranny occurring in the occupied land.
The foreign office has asked the United Nations to take action based on the findings and relieve the Kashmiri’s from the continuous assault. Talking about the Prime Minister’s visit to the United States, the spokesman said the Prime Minister of Pakistan would depart for the US on July 21 till July 23. He also revealed that a verdict on the Kulbhoshan Jadhav case is scheduled for July 17.