India's attempts to impede SAARC process regretted: Pak FO

India's attempts to impede SAARC process regretted: Pak FO

ISLAMABAD (APP): India has a track record of impeding the South Asian Association for Regional Cooperation (SAARC) process, a conglomerate of the South Asian nations aimed at uplifting socio-economic conditions of this region, which is highly regrettable.

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India's negative attitude had a direct bearing on the welfare and betterment of the region which was highly regrettable, Foreign Office Spokesperson Wednesday said in a statement posted on the official Twitter account.

He said the major thrust of SAARC activities was to uplift the socio-economic conditions of the people of South Asia, which has the highest concentration of the world's poor.

"Indian intentions of creating hurdles yet again is visible from the actions and statements at the political level during the last two months coupled with coordinated media efforts."

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The spokesperson said that India was desperate to divert the international community's attention from the atrocities and blatant human rights violations being committed by its occupation forces in the Occupied Kashmir against the defenseless Kashmiris.

During the last eighty days, the Indian occupation forces had martyred more than 100 innocent Kashmiris including children, women, and young men and caused eye injuries to over 800 others through use of pellet guns. Hundreds of innocent Kashmiris were blinded either completely or partially, besides injuries to over more than 12,000 people.

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The Indian atrocities had attracted the world attention which was manifested in the strong condemnations and calls by the international political and human rights organizations as also members of the civil society from across the world for sending fact finding missions to the IoK, he added.