PM to “forcefully” highlight Kashmir issue at UNGA session: FO

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ISLAMABAD, Aug 18 (APP): Prime Minister Muhammad Nawaz Sharif
will “forcefully” present Pakistan’s stance on the state-terrorism in Indian-held Kashmir at the upcoming session of UN General Assembly in New York next month, the Foreign Office said Thursday.

“The Prime Minister is going to take this issue very forcefully at the UN platform,” Spokesman Nafees Zakaria said in a weekly press briefing, here at Foreign Office.

The Spokesman said Pakistan always raised the issue of Jammu and Kashmir at the annual UNGA session and mentioned Nawaz Sharif’s
speech during last year’s session “where he strongly highlighted the
internationally recognized dispute”.

He said most of the UN Security Council members had already been taken onboard on the continued violation of human rights in Indian-held Kashmir.

Whether more dossiers would be presented to the UN about Indian involvement in subversive activities in Pakistan, the Spokesman said investigations were in process following the arrest of Indian spy Kalbhushan Yadav.

“At appropriate time, we will further take action in this regard,” he said.

When asked on India approaching China on the China Pakistan Economic Corridor (CPEC), the Foreign Office Spokesman said the

project of broad-based economic cooperation between the two
countries would also benefit other countries.

The CPEC is not about just Pakistan and China, but will lead to the economic development of South Asia, Central Asia and West Asia (Middle East), he added.

About the stranded Pakistanis in Saudi Arabia, he said Federal Minister for Overseas Pakistanis and Human Resource Development,  Pir Syed Sadaruddin Shah Rashdi was currently in Saudi Arabia to oversee  the situation.

He mentioned that the Minister visited the camps in eastern province and met the Saudi ministers for Labour and Health to discuss the problems of Pakistani workers.

On Pakistan’s stance on Syria situation, the Spokesman said Pakistan supported all efforts for a Syrian-led political solution to the conflict.

He said Pakistan was in favour of Vienna and Geneva talks between the Syrian government and opposition.

When asked on India approaching China on the China Pakistan Economic Corridor (CPEC), the Foreign Office Spokesman said the

project of broad-based economic cooperation between the two
countries would also benefit other countries.

The CPEC is not about just Pakistan and China, but will lead to the economic development of South Asia, Central Asia and West Asia (Middle East), he added.

About the stranded Pakistanis in Saudi Arabia, he said Federal Minister for Overseas Pakistanis and Human Resource Development,  Pir Syed Sadaruddin Shah Rashdi was currently in Saudi Arabia to oversee
the situation.

He mentioned that the Minister visited the camps in eastern province and met the Saudi ministers for Labour and Health to discuss the problems of Pakistani workers.

On Pakistan’s stance on Syria situation, the Spokesman said Pakistan supported all efforts for a Syrian-led political solution to the conflict.
He said Pakistan was in favour of Vienna and Geneva talks between the Syrian government and opposition.