ISLAMABAD, Feb 9 (APP):The Foreign Office Friday summoned Indian Deputy High Commissioner JP Singh and strong protest was launched over the unprovoked ceasefire violations by the Indian occupation forces along the Line of Control (LoC) on February 4, in Nezapir, Nikial and Karela Sectors, resulting in the martyrdom of two innocent civilians, while injuring seven others, including two children.
Foreign Office Spokesman Dr Mohammad Faisal in his weekly media briefing said the Indian forces along the LoC and the Working Boundary (WB) were continuously targeting the civilian population with heavy mortars and automatic weapons.
The Indian forces have carried out more than 190 ceasefire violations along the LoC and he WB so far in 2018, resulting in the martyrdom of 13 innocent civilians, while injuring 65 others.
The Indian occupation forces killed two Kashmiris including Rayees Ahmad Ganie, 19-year old and Musharraf Fayaz ,10-year old, in Shopian in occupied Kashmir, while a young girl Samaya Jan, who has received bullets fired by Indian forces is struggling for life in a hospital in Srinagar, he said.
Miseries of the people in occupied Kashmir have increased day by day as Indian occupation forces in Pulwama, Shopian, Islamabad, Kulgam, Srinagar, Baramulla, Kupwara, and Bandipore districts continue to terrorize by illegal house searches, damaging properties and beating the people without any provocation in day and at night, he said.
“We highly condemn Indian atrocities and brutal acts and call upon world human rights defenders to stand up for Kashmiris in IoK”, Dr Faisal said.
“We are deeply saddened and shocked at the death of a Chinese national Chen Zhu, shot by unidentified assailants, in his vehicle, in Karachi on February 5. Pakistan condemns the killing in the strongest possible terms. We are committed to taking all possible measures to apprehend the culprits and carry out a thorough investigation against the perpetrators of this crime. Pakistan attaches great importance to the safety and security of the Chinese nationals in the country”, he said.
The Foreign Office spokesman said King Abdullah II, of Jordan along with a high-level delegation is visiting Pakistan on the invitation of President Mamnoon Hussain. During his stay in Islamabad, the King of Jordan would hold talks with President Mamnoon Hussain and Prime Minister Shahid Khaqan Abbasi.
The visit would provide an opportunity to explore ways and means to further strengthen cooperation in diverse areas of mutual interest, particularly expanding bilateral trade and enhancing investments in Pakistan. The visit of King Abdullah II has given a new impetus to the existing fraternal bonds between the two brotherly countries.
The Secretary General of Shanghai Cooperation Organization (SCO), Rashid Alimov has visited Pakistan from February 5 to 6. This marked the first visit of SCO secretary general after Pakistan’s full membership in the cooperation.
He called on the prime minister, foreign minister, minister for communications, deputy chairman Planning Commission and the foreign secretary.
In his meeting with the secretary general, the foreign minister thanked him for facilitating Pakistan’s bid for SCO membership. He said Pakistan shares deep rooted historical and cultural links with the member states of SCO. Its membership creates an opportunity for connectivity of critical overland routes for trade and energy in the SCO region.
A high-level Pakistani delegation comprising senior civilian and military officials led by the foreign secretary of Pakistan visited Kabul on February 3, to hold discussions with their Afghan counterparts, led by Deputy Foreign Minister Hekmat Khalil Karzai, on Afghanistan-Pakistan Action Plan for Peace and Solidarity, a joint action plan for cooperation in the areas of counter-terrorism and reduction of violence, peace and reconciliation, refugees repatriation and joint economic development.
Replying to a question, the spokesman said the boat carrying migrants, which included Pakistanis capsized off the coast of Libya on January 31, as per a Pakistani survivor of the incident. Some 32 Pakistanis boarded the boat as per unconfirmed report of the eye witness. Any figure circulating in the media except this is mere speculation. The following is what we know so far: Eleven bodies have been recovered and identified and their relatives have been informed. There are two bodies that have been found but their identity as yet has not been confirmed.
Identification documents of five Pakistanis have been found, out of which one Rehmat Khan S/o Muhammad Inayat bearing CNIC No.34202-2896695-9, Passport No.VG4106952 is alive. The bodies or whereabouts (if alive) of the remaining four Pakistanis are unknown.
The 11 recovered and identified bodies will be dispatched to Pakistan, depending upon flight availability, most likely within the next three days.
Two officials of the Mission have been permanently deputed at Zawara where the dead bodies and documents are washed ashore.
The ministry has deputed an extra officer from a nearby Pakistan Embassy (Egypt) to help in the identification and repatriation process.
Details of contact person in Embassy of Pakistan, Tripoli, Libya: Muhammad Islam, Charge d’affaires a i Cell: 00218-91-9663346, Cell: 00218-91-3402246, Whatsapp: 0092-332-7968635.
To a question the spokesman said currently there are 1.4 million registered and an equal number of unregistered Afghan citizens living in Pakistan.
SAFRON is in the process of finalizing a repatriation plan. We are also engaged with Afghan government, donors and other stakeholders for the smooth resettlement and reintegration of the returning refugees in Afghan society, he said.
While replying to another question the spokesman said the Indian government’s involvement in perpetrating terrorism in Pakistan is a known fact, the most recent example of which is the apprehension of the serving Indian Naval Commander Kulbhushan Jadhav, who has confessed to his involvement in numerous terrorist incidents in Pakistan.
It is regrettable that India has so far not given us any reply on how Commander Kulbhushan Jadhav was in possession of the passport of Hussain Mubarak Patel, or any details of his retirement from Indian Navy. Also, had he retired prior to his apprehension?
The spokesman further said the Indian subversive and terrorist activities against Pakistan are well-documented. Pakistan has also raised them with the UN and the international community.
Commander Jadhav is just the last case in evidence. India needs to act as a responsible member of the international community and refrain from such activities, which are against the UN Charter and inter-state norms and pose a threat to regional peace.