Ashraf Ghani anti Pakistan statement will damage peace process: Pak FO
In his weekly briefing in Islamabad on Thursday, Foreign Office spokesman Nafees Zakaria said it was the UN responsibility to solve international disputes including Kashmir. He said Pakistan wants to resolve all outstanding issues including Kashmir with India through talks, as war is not a solution to any issue.
He asked international community to pressurize India to hold talks with Pakistan for resolution of Kashmir issue. The spokesman said Kashmiri people cannot be deprived of their right to self-determination for which they have been rendering sacrifices for decades.
Foreign Office Spokesman said Pakistan is effectively taking up the issue with the international community including OIC. He said Ambassadors of EU countries and P-5 countries were briefed by the Foreign Secretary on recent atrocities being perpetrated by the Indian forces and human rights violations in occupied Kashmir.
He said Pakistan's Envoys abroad are also briefing to the respective governments and human rights organizations on the issue. Answering a question about recent Afghan President Ashraf Ghani's statement, the spokesman termed such statements unhelpful for peace and stability in Afghanistan and will benefit those who do not want peace in that country.
He said Afghan leadership should refrain from issuing such kinds of statements. He said Pakistan is taking comprehensive steps against terrorism and extremism which were acknowledged by the international community. He pointed out that operation Zarb-e-Azb has put the terrorism on back foot.
He said Pakistan is also extending cooperation to the neighbouring countries against terrorism. He said there is a need for cooperation and harmony among both the countries for peace in Afghanistan and the region.
To a question, Nafees Zakaria said Pakistan and the United States have shared goals on defeating terrorism and cooperated each other to eliminate this menace. To another question, the Spokesman said Pakistan has expressed concern that how the culprits involved in Samjhota Express incident were exhonerated.