Islamabad asks Kabul to avoid negative comments

Qureshi, Masood discuss current situation in IHK

2018-09-05T02:43:50+05:00 SHAFQAT ALI

ISLAMABAD - Pakistan Tuesday urged Afghanistan to avoid statements which would vitiate the existing positive spirit of cooperation in Pak-Afghan bilateral relations.

Foreign Office Spokesperson Dr Mohammed Faisal said Pakistan “dismisses reported comments by deputy spokesperson of the Afghan Chief Executive Omid Meysam on September 3. Pakistan is making untiring and sincere efforts to promote peace and stability in the region given its own serious stakes and security concerns, and not in return for any financial compensations.”

He added: “Improving internal security situation in Afghanistan, which is the source of regional and international terrorist threats, remains Afghan government’s exclusive responsibility together with its international partners. Pakistan has been whole heartedly supporting these efforts.”

Earlier, Pakistan and Afghanistan agreed to remove misunderstandings and improve ties as Islamabad prepared to hold talks with US Secretary of State Mike Pompeo and Chairman Joint Chiefs of Staff General Joseph Dunford.

Pompeo and Dunford are expected in Pakistan on September 5 to hold talks with Pakistan new leadership on “action against common foes and terrorists.” US Defence Secretary James Mattis said: “It will be made clear to authorities in Pakistan that what we have to do for all our nations.”

Afghan Foreign Minister Salahuddin Rabbani telephoned his Pakistani counterpart Shah Mehmood Qureshi and both the top diplomats pledged to settle differences amid the US pressure.

The Afghan minister assured to providing fool-proof to Pakistani consulate in Jalalabad which was shut down amid threats, said a foreign ministry statement.

Meanwhile yesterday, Foreign Minister Shah Mehmood Qureshi held a meeting with the President of Azad Jammu and Kashmir Sardar Masood Khan and discussed the current situation of Indian occupied Kashmir.

The AJK President briefed him about the human rights situation in occupied Kashmir. While highlighting the findings of the Report of United Nations Office of High Commissioner for Human Rights, the President regretted that instead of addressing the concerns raised in the Report on human rights violations in held Kashmir perpetrated by the Indian occupation forces.

The Foreign Minister welcomed the recommendation of the OHCHR Report to constitute a Commission of Inquiry to investigate the gross and systematic human rights violations in Kashmir.

The Foreign Minister highlighted the steps taken by the Ministry and Pakistani Missions aboard to underscore the importance of the OHCHR Report and stated that Pakistan will continue to draw attention to the findings of the Report at international forums.

The Foreign Minister affirmed that the people and the Government of Pakistan would continue to give full moral, diplomatic and political support to the people of Kashmir in their legitimate struggle to attain their inalienable right to self-determination.

Later, speaking to journalists here, Foreign Minister Shah Mehmood Qureshi said that the parliament had fulfilled another responsibility by electing new president of Pakistan.

He said that the opposition parties lacked ideological unity and that its alliance was unnatural. “We will try to move on by accepting opposition’s role,” he added.

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