Pakistan attending Heart of Asia Conference due to its significance: Fatemi

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ISLAMABAD, Dec 3 (APP): Special Assistant to the Prime Minister on Foreign Affairs Syed Tariq Fatemi Saturday said Advisor to the Prime Minister on Foreign Affairs Sartaj Aziz would be representing Pakistan in the Heart of Asia Conference being held in Indian city of Amritsar due to its significance attached to the regional cooperation and peace process in Afghanistan.

Fatemi said Pakistan had a very well articulated foreign policy and the world had acknowledged its dialogue-driven policy.

Speaking in a private channel programme, he maintained that Pakistan was ready to talk to India on all the outstanding issues, including the core issue of Kashmir after the resumption of dialogue process.

However, he ruled out possibility of holding bilateral talks with India during the conference, saying it was not envisaged.

To a query, he replied Pakistan was very astutely responding to Indian aggression on the diplomatic and military fronts and responding to the Line of Control violations in a befitting and timely manner.

The major world powers had also conveyed to India their concerns and reminded it about the futility of its intransigence approach, he added.

The Special Assistant said the Indian forces were targeting the civilians living along the Line of Control (LoC) and those violations were war crimes under the international laws.

He maintained the valiant forces of Pakistan were responding in the befitting manner as Indian aggression had to be deterred, adding the UN Secretary General and other world leaders had already conveyed their serious concerns to New Delhi over its tendency for whipping up escalation along the LoC.

Fatemi, however, lamented the approach adopted by certain countries over the Kashmir issue due to their commercial priorities with India, terming such approach manifestation of ‘absence of morality and justice’.

He said Pakistan was not a warmongering country and its peace and dialogue driven policy was admired by the world capitals.