Pakistan, Oman to enhance cooperation in diverse fields

Kashmir desks to be set up at Pak embassies across world: FM

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ISLAMABAD: Pakistan and Oman have agreed to enhance cooperation in the fields of economy and trade in view of their geographical closeness. The understanding came at a meeting between Foreign Minster Shah Mahmood Qureshi and a parliamentary delegation of Oman headed by Chairman Majles Al Shura Sheikh Khalid Bin Hilal Al Maawali in Islamabad on Thursday.

The Foreign Minister said the two countries can take bilateral cooperation to the new heights by improving economic ties. Oman’s Majles Al Shura Chairman said Pakistan has the status of a gateway for Oman to access to the Central Asian States.

Shah Mahmood Qureshi apprised the Omani delegation of the prevailing appalling situation in occupied Kashmir. He said India has held Kashmiris hostage for four weeks through continuous curfew in contravention to the international laws and the UN Security Council resolutions.

The Foreign Minister said the entire international community, particularly the Muslim world, will have to play their effective role to rid the armless Kashmiris of the atrocities of the Indian forces.  He said the residents of occupied Kashmir do not have access to food, medicines and other essential commodities due to continuous curfew there.

Shah Mahmood Qureshi said Modi regime has been subjecting elders, children and women to violence and tyranny showing fascism. He said gross human rights violations are being committed in occupied Kashmir and Pakistan has a clear stance that Kashmir issue should be resolved according to the UN resolutions.

Expressing concern over the situation in occupied Kashmir, the Omani parliamentarian delegation said the dream of progress in the region can be made a reality through peace.

The members said Oman believes in resolution of issues and conflicts through talks.

FM Qureshi has said that Kashmir desks will be established at all Pakistan’s embassies across the world to highlight Kashmir issue. As per details, the foreign minister visited a newly established Kashmir Cell at Foreign Ministry in Islamabad today. During the visit, FM Qureshi said that focal persons would also be deputed at Kashmir desks.

Kashmir desks will remain in contact with Kashmir Cell for sharing directions and information,” said FM Qureshi, adding that the Kashmir Cell has been established at the direction of Prime Minister Imran Khan which will keep on working round the clock.

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