Pakistan president lauds Saudi Arabia, says India committing ‘genocide’ in Kashmir

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Prime Minister Imran Khan receives President of Pakistan Dr. Arif Alvi at the Parliament House in Islamabad on September 12, 2019. ( PID photo)
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President Dr. Arif Alvi addresses the Joint Session of the Parliament in Islamabad on Sept. 12, 2019. (PID)
Updated 13 September 2019

Pakistan president lauds Saudi Arabia, says India committing ‘genocide’ in Kashmir

  • President Alvi maintains his country will not abandon Kashmiri people
  • Says peace in Afghanistan will help open new trade corridors in the region

ISLAMABAD: Pakistan’s President Dr. Arif Alvi said on Thursday that India’s “policy of genocide in Kashmir” was posing a threat to global peace and stability while urging the United Nations to send its observers in Indian-administered Kashmir to gauge the level of human rights violations in that region.
“If the world fails to take stock of the genocide in Kashmir, this will threaten global peace and stability,” Alvi said in a wide-ranging speech to the joint sitting of Parliament amid protest by the opposition parties against the Pakistan Tehreek-e-Insaf (PTI) government.
New Delhi stripped Kashmir of its limited constitutional autonomy on Aug 5, imposing a strict curfew and communications blackout in the valley after the move.
Pakistan strongly protested India’s “illegal and unilateral” action at all national and international forums, demanding the right of self-determination for the people of Kashmir.
 “Pakistan wants to make it clear it won’t tolerate genocide [in Kashmir by Indian forces],” he said. “The United Nations should send observers [in Kashmir] to assess the [human rights] situation.”
The president vowed to stand by the people of Kashmir and lauded the government’s efforts to raise the issue at international platforms. “The whole Pakistani nation stands by Kashmiris…and we will never abandon them,” he said.
Discussing the country’s foreign policy, he said it was the success of “Pakistan’s narrative” that the whole world had admitted that there was no military solution of the decades-old Afghan conflict.
“The Afghan conflict has a political solution and we want to see peace in Afghanistan,” he said, adding that durable peace in Afghanistan would help open new trade corridors in the region.
Recalling Pakistan’s longstanding relations with Saudi Arabia, President Alvi said: “Saudi Arabia has always stood by Pakistan in difficult times.”
“The nation has immense respect and reverence for Khadim-e-Haramain Sharifain [King Salman bin Abdul Aziz],” he added.

Pakistan ‘wants to play its role’ for peace in Middle East – FO

Updated 12 January 2020

Pakistan ‘wants to play its role’ for peace in Middle East – FO

  • Work on foreign minister’s visit to Saudi Arabia, Iran and the United States being done
  • Pakistan’s strong relations with regional countries has made it an important player

ISLAMABAD: Pakistan Ministry of Foreign Affairs reiterated on Thursday that the country was going to play its role in restoring peace in the Middle East by working with other international stakeholders in the region.

“Pakistan welcomes de-escalation and wants to play its role in ensuring peace and stability in the region. We have seen that indication in United States President [Donald] Trump’s speech and are evaluating its contours,” the country’s foreign office spokesperson, Aisha Farooqui, said in her weekly media briefing in Islamabad on Thursday.

She said that Pakistan’s geographical position, along with its strong relations with regional countries and the United States, had made it a significant player in the Middle East.

“Pakistan has maintained that war is not the solution to any issue and made it clear that it will not become part of any regional conflict,” she said.

The spokesperson noted that Islamabad had enhanced its efforts to defuse tensions in the region and Foreign Minister Shah Mahmood Qureshi had contacted his counterparts in Iran, Saudi Arabia, the United Arab Emirates, Turkey and many other important states in this connection.

“All the international players, including Saudi Arabia, have said that the region cannot afford another war and asked for restraint from both parties [the US and Iran]. It’s a collective objective of all countries to ensure peace and stability in the Middle East,” she said.

Commenting on the foreign minister’s upcoming visit to Iran, Saudi Arabia, and the US, she said that “work on these tours has already started and they will take place as soon as dates are finalized with the respective countries.”

“We are very mindful for our brotherly and friendly relations with Saudi Arabia, Iran, and other regional countries. Pakistan and the US also enjoy longstanding relations and have contacts with each other through multiple forums including political and military leadership,” Farooqui said, adding that the foreign office had established a task force to continuously monitor the situation in the Middle East and inform the government about it along with its suggestions on a daily basis.

The spokesperson expressed hope that recent developments in the Middle East would not affect the ongoing Afghan peace process.

“Pakistan hopes that progress made on Afghan peace process will not come to a halt and the world community will not lose its focus as a result of the ongoing tensions in the Middle East,” she said.

Asked about the safety of Pakistani nationals in Iraq, she said the country’s embassy in Baghdad was on the alert to deal with any emergency situation.

“We are concerned about the safety of Pakistani citizens in Iraq and have issued an advisory in this regard. We have also instructed our mission in Baghdad to remain vigilant to deal with any emergency,” Farooqui said.