Published On: Fri, Jan 14th, 2022
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There is a real possibility that India might stage another False Flag Operation to complicate current situation: FO Spokesperson

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ISLAMABAD: Prime Minister Imran Khan is paying a three day visit to China from 3rd of next month to attend the opening ceremony of Winter Olympics Games, Beijing 2022 at the invitation of Chinese leadership.

This was confirmed by Foreign Office Spokesperson Asim Iftikhar Ahmad at his weekly news briefing in Islamabad on Thursday.

The spokesperson said Prime Minister Imran Khan, during his visit, will also have interaction with the Chinese leadership to further strengthen Pakistan-China all-weather strategic cooperative partnership and to exchange views on regional and international issues.

The Spokesperson said Pakistan looks forward to the successful Winter Olympics in Beijing.

Asim Iftikhar Ahmad said Pakistan welcomes the Global Development Initiative put forward by Chinese President Xi Jinping as a timely and good intention step to facilitate implementation of the UN 2030 agenda for sustainable development. He noted it will help promote international cooperation required to overcome the triple challenge faced by the world including Covid-19, related economic crisis and climate change.

The Spokesperson said the Global Development Initiative will open up new avenues of collaboration with developing countries in support of their post pandemic economic recovery as well as long term sustainable growth. He said Pakistan and China are strong development partners and we look forward to further strengthen this partnership under China’s Global Development Initiative.

Responding to a question, the Foreign Office Spokesperson said Pakistan remains committed for peaceful relations with its neighbours including India. He, however, said the onus is on India to create an enabling environment for dialogue. He regretted that there is no visible change in the hostile attitude and negative behaviour of India.

The Spokesperson said Pakistan will continue to highlight Kashmir dispute and the rights of oppressed Kashmiri people at all the international forums. It is reprehensible that Indian occupation forces are continuing with the killing spree in Indian Illegally Occupied Jammu and Kashmir (IIOJK). Since the start of this year, at least 15 Kashmiris have fallen victim to extra-judicial killings in fake encounters and so-called cordon-and-search operations. At least 210 Kashmiris were martyred in 2021. India is also shamelessly targeting journalists and human rights defenders.

The spokesperson said there is a real possibility that India might stage another False Flag Operation to complicate the current situation. He said we continue to alert our friends in international community about this prospect.

He called on the international community to take immediate notice of the Indian state-terrorism in Indian illegally occupied Jammu and Kashmir and hold India accountable for the egregious violations of human rights and international humanitarian law in IIOJK. He said India must allow unhindered access to international human rights and humanitarian organizations to conduct independent investigations in the IIOJK.

As regards Afghanistan, the spokesperson said urgent action is required to stave off a humanitarian disaster there.

Foreign Office Spokesperson Asim Iftikhar Ahmad said that on 5th January, the Kashmiris’ Right to Self-determination Day was observed. On this day in 1949, the United Nations Commission for India & Pakistan (UNCIP) in its resolution guaranteed the Kashmiri people the right to self-determination through a free and impartial plebiscite under the auspices of the United Nations.

He said that in their messages marking the Day, the President, the Prime Minister and the Foreign Minister, highlighted the grave human rights violations in Indian Illegally Occupied Jammu and Kashmir (IIOJK) and urged the international community to ensure accountability for these crimes against humanity, and to play their role in resolving the Jammu and Kashmir dispute in accordance with UNSC resolutions and wishes of the Kashmiri people. Pakistan reaffirmed its steadfast support for the Kashmiris till the realization of their inalienable right to self-determination.

Asim Iftikhar Ahmad said that it is reprehensible that Indian occupation forces are continuing with the killing spree in Indian Illegally Occupied Jammu and Kashmir (IIOJK). Since the start of this year, at least 15 Kashmiris have fallen victim to extra-judicial killings in fake encounters and so-called cordon-and-search operations. At least 210 Kashmiris were martyred in 2021. India is also shamelessly targeting journalists and human rights defenders.

“We are also concerned and we are continuing to alert the international community about India’s track record. There is a real possibility that India might stage another False Flag Operation to complicate the current situation. So we continue to alert our friends in international community about this prospect” he said.

He said that Pakistan calls on the international community to take immediate notice of the Indian state-terrorism in IIOJK and hold India accountable for the egregious violations of human rights and international humanitarian law in IIOJK. India must allow unhindered access to international human rights and humanitarian organizations and UN Special Mandate Holders to conduct independent investigations in the IIOJK.

Asim Iftikhar Ahmad said that the despicable harassment and insult of Muslim women in India through purpose-built online application has been rightly and widely condemned. This obnoxious and repugnant act is the newest low in the violent streak of hate attacks and targeting of minorities with impunity overseen by the BJP-RSS extremist dispensation under which space for minorities is continuously shrinking in India. Deafening silence of the BJP leadership and absence of discernible action against ‘Hindutva’ proponents openly calling for genocide of Muslims should send alarm bells across the international community, and as the Prime Minister said, it is high time they take note and act to stop this dangerous slide and ensure the safety, security and well being of minorities in India.

Asim Iftikhar Ahmad said that we continue to follow closely the situation in Afghanistan. Pakistan welcomes the launch by the UN – what has been termed the largest single country aid appeal ever – for humanitarian assistance in Afghanistan. This comes on the heels of the OIC Extra-ordinary Ministerial Session in Islamabad last month focusing on the humanitarian crisis in Afghanistan. It goes without saying that urgent action is required to stave off a humanitarian disaster in Afghanistan.