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Pak calls back HC from India over harassment of diplomats

ISLAMABAD: Pakistan has called back its High Commissioner from India for consultation on the issue of harassment of its diplomats in New Delhi.

This was stated by Foreign Office spokesman Dr Muhammad Faisal during the weekly news briefing in Islamabad on Thursday.

The Spokesperson said that deliberate maltreatment of diplomats and their families by India is not confined to single event and continues unabated despite our protest.

He said the total apathy and failure of the Indian Government to put a halt to these despicable incidents, sparing not even young children, indicates both a lack of capacity to protect foreign diplomats posted in India and a more reprehensible, complicit unwillingness to do so.

Regretting that no positive action has been taken so far by India on the issue, Dr Faisal said security of our diplomats is paramount and Pakistan will take every step, in this regard.

Urging India to stop playing the Pakistan card in its domestic politics he said India better not indulge in their political point scoring.

The spokesperson pointed out the 37th Session of UN Human Rights Council held in Geneva, Switzerland where Pakistan urged India to stop bloodshed in Occupied Kashmir and resolve the dispute in accordance with the wishes of the Kashmiri people and in line with UN Security Council Resolutions.

Dr Faisal said during the 41st Session of the Islamic Commission for Economic, Cultural and Social Affairs, Pakistan has been elected a member of the Governing Boards of the three Subsidiary Organs of Organization of Islamic Cooperation.

To a question about Afghan peace talks, the Spokesperson said lasting peace in Afghanistan can only be achieved through inclusive intra Afghan peace dialogue.

He said Pakistan has always maintained that peace process be actively pursued to end the conflict and sufferings of the Afghan people.

To a question, spokesperson said Pakistan is not oblivious to arms buildup in its neighborhood particularly in India and has been proposing measures for promoting restraints in the use of nuclear technology.

He said we expect outside actors to be mindful of the imperative of strategic stability in south Asia and not to pursue policies that generate strategic imbalances.

Dr Faisal said during the recent visit of Director General of International Atomic Energy Agency discussed cooperation for peaceful use of nuclear energy.

He said the IAEA Director General appreciated Pakistan’s role in peaceful nuclear application and its robust safety and security measures.

To a question about Pak-US relations, the spokesperson said we do not agree with the American south Asia strategy and are engaging with it through dialogue to find common ground and positive engagement will continue.

He said Pakistan welcomes the US announcement of head money for militant leaders and said that these were the militants involved in deadliest terror attacks in Pakistan.

The spokesperson said the US and coalition forces in Afghanistan need to do more to nab militants using Afghan soil for perpetrating heinous activities inside Pakistan.

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