Won't allow any Indian attempt to spread sectarianism to succeed: FO

Dunya News

The FO spokesperson said India was consistently making efforts to evade the Jadhav case.

ISLAMABAD (Dunya News) – Foreign Office Spokesperson Zahid Hafeez Chaudhri on Friday said that the nation is united and will not allow any Indian attempt to spread sectarianism to succeed.

Addressing weekly news briefing in Islamabad on Friday, he said that New Delhi is continuously insisting on appointing foreign lawyer as amici curiae in Indian spy Kulbhushan Jadhav case. Pakistan once again categorically rejected any possibility to allow a Queen’s Counsel by India to represent its spy Kulbhushan Jadhav, currently on a death-row in Pakistan.

“Allowing a Queen’s Counsel for Jadhav is out of question as only a lawyer with license to practice in Pakistan can appear before the court,” Chaudri said and added India has recently called for appointment of a Queen’s Counsel or an Indian lawyer in the case of serving navy Commander Jadhav pending with the Islamabad High Court for review and reconsideration following the verdict of International Court of Justice (ICJ).

The FO spokesperson said India was consistently making efforts to evade the Jadhav case. Pakistan had already given “uninterrupted and unimpeded” consular access to Jadhav and was ready to extend the same in future as well, he said.

Regarding terrorism, he said India is involved in inciting terrorism in Pakistan. “India is involved in disturbing peace in Pakistan, but any Indian attempt to spread sectarianism will not be allowed to succeed.”

He said that India was accumulating more weapons than its security requirement, adding that the arms race has become a threat to peace in South Asia. The neighbouring country has become biggest arms buyer in the world, he said.

To a question regarding former prime minister and Pakistan Muslim League-Nawaz (PML-N) supremo Nawaz Sharif, Chaudhri said Sharif s warrants have been delivered to the Pakistan High Commission in London.

“We are hopeful that the decision of the Financial Action Task Force (FATF) would be in Pakistan’s favour,” he said.

Regarding Shanghai Cooperation Organisation (SCO), Russia supported Pakistan’s stance regarding the country’s new political map and the Shanghai Cooperation Organisation (SCO) rejected India’s objections to the display of Pakistan’s political map in the meeting room.

“India is involved in gross violation of human rights and UN Security Council resolutions,” he said adding that keeping in view its relations with its neighbors, India has become a threat to peace in the region.

The Spokesperson said Pakistan welcomes the UN High Commissioner for Human Rights Michelle Bachelete’s reiteration of serious concerns on unabated violence in Indian illegally occupied Jammu and Kashmir, including indiscriminate use of pellet guns on civilians.

Chaudhri went on to say that Pakistan strongly condemns continued Indian attempts to illegally change the demographic structure of Indian illegally occupied Jammu and Kashmir.

He said, as reported, Indian authorities have distributed over 1.68 million domiciles to non-Kashmiris, adding that the Indian actions are in clear violation of the UN Security Council Resolutions and international law, including the 4th Geneva Convention.

Referring to Palestine and Israel, he said that Pakistan s position on Israel has not changed, adding that Pakistan supports a two-state solution to the Palestinian issue. “In this two state solution, Al-Quds Al-Sharif should be the capital of Palestine,” he added.

Referring to Gilgit-Baltistan, the spokesperson said that reforms in Gilgit-Baltistan are the demand of the people there, adding that Pakistan s move in this regard would not affect the Security Council resolutions.

Regarding United Nations General Assembly (UNGA) session, Chaudhri said that Prime Minister Imran Khan will address the UN General Assembly session on September 25, 2020 (Friday).

He said due to restrictions imposed by the local administration in New York, there will be no in-person high-level participation from outside, adding that the General Debate of the 75th Session of the UN General Assembly will commence on Tuesday.

The spokesperson said Foreign Minister Shah Mahmood Qureshi will participate virtually in the High Level Meeting of the General Assembly to commemorate the 75th Anniversary of the United Nations. He will also participate in other high level engagements.