ISLAMABAD -  Pakistan on Friday rejected India's comments on Jamaatud Dawa chief Hafiz Mohammed Saeed's release.

In response to a question regarding comments made by the Indian Ministry of External Affairs on the release of Hafiz Saeed, the foreign office spokesperson Dr Mohammed Faisal said that Pakistan remained committed to the implementation of the UNSC 1267 sanctions regime and had taken several steps in that regard.

He took exception to self-serving insinuations.

"The courts in Pakistan, pursuant to their constitutional duty, are determined to uphold rule of law and due process for all citizens of Pakistan. Legal processes are anchored in rule of law, not dictates of politics and posturing," Dr Faisal said.

It is in the interest of all states to speak and act in a manner that is consistent with the imperatives of adhering to rule of law at the national and international levels, he added.

"Pakistan’s resolve, actions and successes in the fight against terrorism, terrorist violence and terrorists is unmatched in the world. Pakistan condemns and opposes all forms of terrorism by any individual or group. Pakistan also opposes and condemns acts of terrorism inside Pakistan and elsewhere by India, which claims to be a champion of democracy, and international law," Faisal said.

ASIF CONDEMNS HR VIOLATIONS IN HELD KASHMIR

Foreign Minister Khawaja Asif on Friday expressed deep anguish at the gross violations of human rights in held Kashmir which continue unabated. 

In statement issued here, he said that the intensified cordon and search operations by the occupying forces were violative, both of the Kashmiris’ dignity as well as the sanctity of their families. 

“The objective of such operations is not to apprehend individuals for any due process of law, but primarily butcher them,” he said. 

“These operations are also designed to inflict collective punishment on the innocent and the defenceless, engaged in an epic struggle to bring an end to illegal occupation. The number of martyrs continues to mount with each passing day,” he said.

"India continues with its malicious attempts to mislead the world community by seeking to portray the popular and indigenous struggle of the Kashmiri people as ‘terrorism’. No attempt to externalize the dispute will change reality. India's continued illegal occupation and its brutalization of the Kashmiri people through unbridled use of force remains solely responsible for the tragic situation in Kashmir," Asif said.

The foreign minister condemned in the strongest possible terms the repeated arrests and incarceration of the top Kashmiri leaders, who have remained in the vanguard of the Kashmiris’ struggle for the realization of the legitimate right to self-determination. 

“The environment of fear and intimidation created by the occupying forces has not been able to break the will of these valiant people. These tactics shall not succeed,” he said.

The foreign minister stressed that Pakistan stands shoulder-to-shoulder with the people of Kashmir with its strong moral, political and diplomatic support. 

"We will continue to steadfastly stand by them until the resolution of the Kashmir dispute in accordance with the UN Security Council resolutions and the wishes of the Kashmiri people," he said.

'Meanwhile, Pakistan condemned in the strongest terms the heinous terrorist attack against innocent worshippers at Al Rawdah mosque in the North Sinai region of Egypt leading to 235 reported deaths and 109 injuries.

"The people of Pakistan are deeply grieved at this senseless and barbaric act and stand in full solidarity with their Egyptian brethren in this moment of anguish and tragedy," a foreign ministry statement said.