Bill Clinton’s 1998 statement on Kashmir issue still valid: FO


ISLAMABAD, Sept 19 (APP): Foreign Office Spokesperson
Nafees Zakaria Monday said the statement of US President
Bill Clinton after 1998 nuclear explosions by India and
Pakistan, terming Kashmir issue “a nuclear flash-point” was
still valid.

Speaking in a PTV programme, the Foreign Office
spokesperson said the world should recognize the gravity
of situation vis a vis Kashmir issue, as it posed serious
danger to regional and international peace.

He was also critical of the “irresponsible attitude” of
Indian media, which was creating hype after the Uri firing
incident in the Indian Occupied Kashmir.

Nafees Zakaria called upon the Pakistani civil society
to play their role in raising the Kashmir issue at global
level by sensitizing the world about the gross human rights
violations being committed by the occupation forces in Indian
Occupied Kashmir.

The spokesperson appreciated Pakistani and Kashmiri
diaspora in the United Kingdom, who were continuously organizing events to highlight the human rights violations in IOK.

To a question, he said the Ministry of Foreign Affairs was taking all diplomatic measures to raise the Kashmir dispute at bilateral and international levels.

Nafees Zakaria appreciated the government’s initiative
of appointing Prime Minister’s Envoys on Kashmir, which was
very productive as the elected representatives were visiting
various capitals to sensitize the world on the Kashmir issue.

To a question about the Indian allegations after Uri
firing incident, the Foreign Office spokesperson said India
had the habit of hurling accusations without giving any
evidence and referred to Samjhota Express and Pathan Kot

He said the people of Kashmir, who were fighting for
their just right of self-determination as promised in the UN
Security Council resolutions, had their indigenous movement.
Nafees Zakaria also spoke on the gross human rights
violations in the Occupied Kashmir and said during the last
over two months, over 100 Kashmiris had been assassinated and around 700 injured.

He said the Indian occupied forces were using pellet
guns in the Occupied Kashmir due to which several people,
mostly youth, had lost their eyes.