No meaningful engagement with India unless it creates enabling environment: FO

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Islamabad: Foreign Office Spokesperson Zahid Hafeez Chaudhri has said no meaningful engagement is possible with India unless it creates enabling environment for the purpose. He said this while responding to a question during his Weekly Press Briefing at Foreign Office in Islamabad on Thursday.

He also made it clear that no dialogue or engagement with Indian is possible without ensuring active association of Kashmiris in the dialogue process.

Hafeez Chaudhri said India will have to reverse its ongoing human rights violations, extra-judicial killings in fake encounters and so-called search and cordon operations, incarceration of Kashmiri leadership and youth in Illegally Occupied Jammu and Kashmir.

The spokesperson said destruction of Kashmiris’ houses, military siege and attempts to change demography of IIOJK need to be immediately reversed.

He also rejected and condemned irresponsible and unwarranted statements by senior Indian leadership.Chaudhri said the statement demonstrates an inexcusable lack of self-awareness of RSS-BJP regime’s self-serving narrative. He said it is also another manifestation of the Indian government’s incurable obsession with Pakistan.

The spokesperson also condemned the malicious Indian propaganda against the longstanding, close Pakistan-China friendship.

Rather than jeopardizing peace and stability of the region, he said, India should seriously consider course correction by giving up its aggressive agenda and peacefully resolving disputes with neighbours.

He said Pakistan’s re-election to UN Human Rights Council is recognition by the international community of our contribution to the national and global human rights agenda and strong credentials as a consensus builder in the Council.

Chaudhri said Pakistan will remain actively engaged with the Council as well as its related processes to continue highlighting the plight of the Kashmiris and other oppressed people all over the world.

He said India must be held accountable for egregious human rights violations and war crimes in Indian illegally occupied Jammu and Kashmir.
The spokesperson urged the world community to work for peaceful resolution of the Jammu and Kashmir dispute in accordance with the relevant UN Security Council resolutions and wishes of the Kashmiri people for durable peace and stability of the region.

Replying to a question about construction of a bridge on River Ravi regarding Kartarpur Corridor, Zahid Hafeez Chaudhri said we have initiated construction work on our side of the bridge. He, however, said India has not yet provided engineering design of its side of the bridge. He said 551 birth anniversary of Baba Guru Nanak is scheduled to be celebrated from 28th to 30th of the next month.
The Foreign Office Spokesperson said Indian government is using dilatory tactics to deny Sikh pilgrims the opportunity to be part of the birth anniversary celebrations.
He said Kartarpur Corridor is a true symbol of peace and religious harmony. He said the Corridor was temporarily closed on 16th of March this year due to COVID-19 pandemic
Chaudhri said Pakistan reopened the Corridor on 29th July this year, but India has not yet opened its side of the corridor despite our repeated reminders.
He expressed the hope that India will review its decision in view of upcoming 551th birth anniversary of Baba Guru Nanak Dev.

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