India not ready for bilateral talks but calls Kashmir a bilateral issue: FO

ISLAMABAD: Foreign Office Spokesperson Dr Mohammad Faisal on Thursday said India is not ready for bilateral talks but calls Kashmir a bilateral issue in front of the world.

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During his weekly briefing, Dr Faisal said Pakistan has not gone on the back foot on bilateralism. “Indian occupying forces have been deployed at every corner in the valley as the clampdown enters its fourth week.”

Dr Faisal said, “we are curious as to why the Hurriyat leaders continue to be detained in Indian occupied Kashmir. Yesterday we called the Indian high commissioner and lodged our protest against the atrocities in the valley.”

“The Indian hypocrisy is at an all-time high. Kashmir is not an internal matter but has now become an international issue,” Dr Faisal said. “The Kashmir issue should be solved keeping in mind the United Nations Security Council (UNSC) resolutions.”

The FO spokesperson said, “At home, India calls Kashmir an internal issue while outside they call it a bilateral issue. India is not ready for bilateral talks. India can keep saying whatever it wants to. It will not change the truth.”

He said, “The step India has taken has trapped it at an international level. We cannot move forward with a resolution on the Kashmir issue without keeping the stability of the region and the emotions of Kashmiris in check.”

Foreign Minister Shah Mehmood Qureshi has a letter to United Nations High Commissioner for Human Rights (UNHCR) regarding the situation in occupied Kashmir, said Dr Faisal, adding, “The foreign office website is giving timely updates on the situation in Indian occupied Kashmir.”

Speaking about the Kartarpur Corridor, Dr Faisal said technical teams from Pakistan and India will meet tomorrow (Friday) at zero point.

Discussing Afghan peace process, Dr Faisal said Pakistan has always supported the peace process in Afghanistan, adding, “The peace process negotiations have entered the final phase between the US and Taliban. Pakistan wants peace in Afghanistan.”

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