Resolution of Kashmir dispute is a key to move forward: FO

He reiterated Pakistan's demand for an immediate and transparent judicial inquiry, under international scrutiny, into the extra judicial killings of all innocent Kashmiris for it: FO

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Foreign Office says Pakistan has never shied away from talks with India but an enabling environment needs to be created for it.

At his weekly news briefing in Islamabad today, Foreign Office Spokesperson Zahid Hafeez Chaudhri said it is India which vitiated the environment through its illegal and unilateral actions of 5th August 2019 in the illegally occupied Jammu and Kashmir.

The spokesperson said there is no change in Pakistan’s position regarding Jammu and Kashmir dispute and with regards to talks with India.

Zahid Hafeez Chaudhri said resolution of Kashmir dispute is a key to move forward and its resolution is imperative for durable peace and stability in the region.

The spokesperson welcomed the US Human Rights report regarding human rights situation in the Indian illegally occupied Jammu and Kashmir.

When asked about the third party mediation, the spokesperson said Pakistan has always welcomed the international community’s role including that of the United Nations.

He however stressed that any third party effort should be aimed at resolution of outstanding disputes between Pakistan and India.

The spokesperson strongly condemned the unabated extra judicial killings of innocent Kashmiris in fake encounters and staged cordon and search operation in IIOJK.

He said these extrajudicial killings of Kashmiris are a clear violation of the humanitarian norms and fundamental precepts of international law.

He reiterated Pakistan’s demand for an immediate and transparent judicial inquiry, under international scrutiny, into the extra judicial killings of all innocent Kashmiris.

Responding to a question, Zahid Hafeez Chaudhri said the Russian Foreign Minister will pay a two day visit to Pakistan from Tuesday.

He said bilateral ties especially economic cooperation will be top on the agenda of talks between the two sides.

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