Durable peace, security in South Asia linked to resolution of Kashmir dispute: FO

Durable peace, security in South Asia linked to resolution of Kashmir dispute: FO

Islamabad (Web Desk): Foreign Office Spokesperson Zahid Hafeez Chaudhri has said that there cannot be durable peace and security in South Asia without resolution of Kashmir dispute.

During a weekly news briefing on Thursday, Chaudhri said Pakistan had categorically stated that there was no change in its policy on Kashmir dispute. He said solution of the lingering dispute lies in granting right of self-determination to the Kashmiri people through a fair and impartial plebiscite under the umbrella of United Nations.

He called upon India to reverse its unilateral and illegal actions of 5th August last year, lift restrictions, release all the prisoners and revoke the draconian laws in the occupied territory.

The spokesperson said the domiciles issued post 5th August 2019 in the occupied valley should also be declared null and void. He said New Delhi should allow unfettered access to UN Military Observer Group and human rights observers and organizations to the Indian illegally occupied Jammu and Kashmir.

The spokesperson warned the world community to be cognisant of the dangerous consequences of India's belligerent rhetoric and irresponsible actions for peace and security in the region. He said the world community must use all tools at its disposal to hold India accountable for its crimes against Kashmiris.

When asked about Kulbushan Jadhav case, the spokesperson said Pakistan is committed to fully implement the judgment of International Court of Justice. He, however, lamented that India is trying to frustrate Pakistan's efforts in this regard. He said the judgment of the ICJ clearly states that the review and reconsideration of Jadhav's conviction will be as per Pakistani laws. He asked India to cooperate with Pakistani courts on the matter.

Responding to a question about the Afghan peace process, the spokesperson said it has reached a critical stage. He said Pakistan desires early start of the intra Afghan dialogue after addressal of the residual issues. He said Pakistan believes in an Afghan led and an Afghan owned peace process and it will continue to play the role of a facilitator in the peace process.