In a diplomatic achievement, India faces big snub from UN Security Council over Occupied Kashmir lockdown

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In a diplomatic achievement, India faces big snub from UN Security Council over Occupied Kashmir lockdown

ISLAMABAD – In a diplomatic achievement, India faces big snub from UN Security Council over Occupied Kashmir lockdown.

Foreign Office Spokesperson Aisha Farooqui on Thursday said that United Nations Security Council once again expressed concern over curfew and human rights violations in occupied Kashmir.

Addressing weekly news briefing in Islamabad on Thursday, she said that Pakistan will continue to play its role for reduction of tension and peace and stability in the region, adding that Pakistan is an important country in the region and it has historic relations with Iran, Saudi Arabia and the United States.

She said the foreign minister during his engagements in Tehran and Saudi Arabia put forward Pakistan s point of view that war is in nobody s interest and that we are partner for peace.

The spokesperson said the second briefing to the UN Security Council on the situation in occupied Jammu and Kashmir in five months constitutes success of Pakistan to highlight the plight of oppressed Kashmiri people.

She said this reaffirms that Kashmir is an internationally recognized dispute which is on the agenda of the Security Council for seven decades.

Responding to a question about Pakistani prisoners languishing in foreign jails, Farooqui said Pakistan is cognizant of its responsibility towards them and its missions abroad are extending fully facilitation and assistance to the prisoners.

She pointed out that about 10,000 Pakistan nationals are imprisoned in foreign jails and as a result of our efforts, about 4637 prisoners have been released over the last one year.

She said our mission in Saudi Arabia is discussing with Saudi authorities the release of its prisoners. So far 579 prisoners have been released by Saudi authorities on the clemency announced by the Saudi Crown Prince. In addition, 1500 Pakistanis have been released by Saudi Arabia under various other clemencies and completion of their sentences.

Foreign Policy