FO rebuffs studies of Pakistan’s crackdown on abroad dissidents

Zahid Hafeez Chaudhri, spokesman of Pakistan´s Foreign Ministry addresses a media briefing in Islamabad on July 15, 2021. — AFP/File
Zahid Hafeez Chaudhri, spokesman of Pakistan´s Foreign Ministry addresses a media briefing in Islamabad on July 15, 2021. — AFP/File

ISLAMABAD: The Foreign Office has categorically turned down “unsubstantiated” media studies that had alleged Pakistan was cracking down on abroad dissidents.

Foreign Office Spokesperson Zahid Hafeez Chaudhri, responding to media queries,  mentioned the availability of a platform for the peddling of “unsubstantiated” and “false narratives” towards Pakistan by any information outlet was regrettable.

“There is no question of any threat being made to any national of any state including Pakistan’s own nationals living anywhere on any pretext whatsoever,” the spokesperson mentioned.

Chaudhri famous the allegations seem like a part of the “rather blatant ongoing misinformation campaign against Pakistan” to malign the nation and its state establishments.

“Pakistan is a parliamentary democracy with a vibrant civil society, free media, and independent judiciary, which remains fully committed to the promotion and protection of human rights for all its citizens without discrimination,” the spokesperson mentioned.

Our sturdy dedication to the appropriate to freedom of opinion and expression is demonstrated by the presence of scores of vibrant media channels and newspapers within the nation, Chaudhri added.

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