Obstruction of SAARC course of by India ‘established reality’: FO


Foreign Office Spokesperson Asim Iftikhar on Friday rejected remarks made by the Indian international ministry relating to the South Asian Association for Regional Cooperation (SAARC) moot in Pakistan, saying the obstruction of the SAARC course of by India was an “established fact”.

Responding to media questions, the spokesperson categorically rejected the false claims and tendentious remarks made by the spokesman of the Indian Ministry of External Affairs (MEA) within the context of SAARC and Indian Illegally Occupied Jammu and Kashmir (IIOJK)

The FO spokesperson mentioned: “India’s obstruction of the SAARC process was an established fact. Motivated by its partisan reasons, and acting in violation of charter provisions requiring exclusion of bilateral issues, India was responsible for stymieing the 19th SAARC Summit scheduled to take place in Pakistan in 2016.”

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The spokesperson added that India’s myopic perspective was rendering a helpful platform for regional cooperation more and more dysfunctional. “Pakistan hoped that India would review its self-serving approach and enable the SAARC process to move forward for the progress and prosperity of the people of South Asia,” he mentioned, including that Pakistan is able to host the summit as quickly as the substitute obstacles created in its means had been eliminated.

State terrorism in Kashmir

The spokesperson additional added that no quantity of obfuscation and misrepresentation by the Indian officers might cover India’s state-terrorism in IIOJK.

“The egregious violations of human rights of the Kashmiri people had been extensively documented by the international human rights machinery, including in the two Kashmir reports issued by the Office of the UN High Commissioner for Human Rights (OHCHR) in 2018 and 2019.”

In addition, Pakistan had shared a number of dossiers with the worldwide group on India’s unabated human rights abuses in IIOJK and its state-terrorism towards the Kashmiri individuals and in Pakistan, he added.

“India must abjure the use of state-terrorism as an instrument of policy. Pakistan will continue to resolutely oppose Indian machinations and expose its anti-peace agenda imperiling regional peace and security.”

According to the spokesperson, “India must recognise the reality of the just, legitimate and indigenous Kashmiri struggle, respect the wishes of the Kashmiri people, and grant them their inalienable right to self-determination in accordance with the UN Charter and the relevant UN Security Council resolutions.”

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