Pakistani envoy in Riyadh briefs Saudi journalists on Kashmir

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Pakistan’s ambassador in Riyadh, Raja Ali Ejaz briefs prominent Saudi editors and journalists regarding deteriorating human rights situation in Indian administer Kashmir on October 02, 2019 – (Photo Courtesy - Pakistan Embassy in Riyadh)
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Pakistan’s ambassador in Riyadh, Raja Ali Ejaz briefs prominent Saudi editors and journalists regarding deteriorating human rights situation in Indian administer Kashmir on October 02, 2019 – (Photo Courtesy - Pakistan Embassy in Riyadh)
Updated 03 October 2019

Pakistani envoy in Riyadh briefs Saudi journalists on Kashmir

  • Says Indian security clampdown is "literal imprisonment of eight million Kashmiris" in their homes
  • Thanks the Saudi leadership for their support

ISLAMABAD: Pakistan’s ambassador to Riyadh, Raja Ali Ejaz on Wednesday briefed prominent Saudi editors and journalists regarding the deteriorating human rights situation in Indian administered Kashmir, the Pakistan Embassy in Riyadh said in a statement.
“Ambassador (Ejaz) talked about the genesis of Kashmir dispute and highlighted United Nations Security Council resolutions that promised right of self-determination to the people of Jammu and Kashmir,” the embassy said. 
Tensions soared high between India and Pakistan since New Delhi revoked the special constitutional status of the disputed Himalayan region of Kashmir under its administrative control by abolishing Article 370 of the Indian constitution on August 5.
Islamabad reacted with fury to India’s decision, cutting trade and transport ties and expelling India’s ambassador.
The Pakistani envoy emphasized that Indian decision to repeal Article 370 is primarily meant to change the demography of Kashmir. “However, the worst part is the restrictions in movement and communication; it is literal imprisonment of eight million Kashmiris in their homes,” he added.
He reiterated Pakistan’s political, diplomatic and moral support for Kashmiri people and highlighted that former Indian Prime Minister Jawaharlal Nehru also made a commitment to decide the fate of the state as per the will of the people of Jammu and Kashmir. “But Kashmiris were betrayed. Nonetheless, the Kashmiris persisted with their valiant and just struggle for their rights till today,” Ejaz told.
He said that Prime Minister Imran Khan’s unequivocal support for the people of Kashmir in the United Nations General Assembly represents the sentiments of Pakistani people.
PM Khan visited the Kingdom on September 19 and briefed the Saudi leadership about the situation in Kashmir, ahead of his trip to New York to attend the 74th session of the UNGA.
After the meeting with the Saudi media personnel, the ambassador thanked the Custodian of The Two Holy Mosques, HM King Salman bin Abdulaziz and Crown Prince Muhammad bin Salman “for their support for the oppressed people of Kashmir,” the statement added. 
He also thanked the Organization of Islamic Cooperation and member countries “for their continued support against human rights violations in Jammu and Kashmir,” the statement read. 


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.