Pakistan sincerely supports cause of Afghani, Palestinian people for durable peace

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ISLAMABAD, Dec 29, (APP)- Pakistan would sincerely continue to support the cause of people of Afghanistan and Palestine to ensure durable peace and economic stability of the regions that would be contributory factor in the world peace.
Responding to a question in the weekly briefing, Spokesman of Foreign Office Nafees Zakaria said the answer to the new Jewish settlements and on-going conflict in the Middle East was some amicable solution to the problem for long lasting peace.
About the Pak China Russia Trilateral group meeting in Moscow, he said the world community as well as Pakistan was keen to see meaningful peace and economic stability in Afghanistan.
The group in its meeting on December 27, had agreed to proceed with consultations in an expanded format and would welcome the participation of Afghanistan, he added.
Nafees Zakaria briefed the media in length on the issue of Indian occupied Kashmir and Indus Waters Treaty, highlighting the atrocities of Indian occupational forces on Kashmiri people and its on-going bid to change the demography of the occupied Kashmir by giving domicile to non Kashmiries, which, he added was another violation of United
Nations’ charter.
Talking about the Indian threats to alter the Indus Water Treaty, he said Pakistan was closely monitoring the situation and would duly respond when any such situation arose.
However, he said, Pakistan was actively pursuing the issue at all appropriate fora, asking for neutral arbitration of the issue.
“We will continue to strive for an early solution to the problem.”
He reiterated Pakistan’s stance of durable peace in region and shared prosperity through connectivity. The foreign office spokesman, responding to queries regarding Pakistan’s relations with its neighboring countries and reservation of Afghan government on the Pakistan, China, Russia Trilateral meeting in Moscow, he said the prime minister had reiterated that Pakistan believed in maintaining friendly relations with all its neighbors for a durable peace in the region and shared prosperity as it would be beneficial to all countries in the region.
About the third round of China, Pakistan, Russia Trilateral meeting, he said it was agreed to proceed with consultations in an expanded format and would welcome the participation of Afghanistan.
There were numerous groups working towards the common goal of contributing to restoration of peace and economic stability of Afghanistan, he added.
He also mentioned Pakistan’s grant of US$ 500 million to the people of Afghanistan last year.
To another query, he said the Trilateral meeting exchanged views on the deteriorating security situation in Afghanistan and expressed particular concern regarding the increased activities of the extremist groups including the ISIL (Daesh) affiliates in Afghanistan.
The participants agreed to continue their efforts towards further facilitating the Afghan-led, Afghan-owned peace and reconciliation process in Afghanistan according to the known principles of reintegration of the armed opposition into peaceful life, he added.
When asked about the efforts of Pakistan for the release of Afia Siddiqui, Nafees Zakaria said she had been in prison for the last eight years and said lawyers were hired for her and officials of Pakistan Embassy in the US regularly visited her and kept liason with her family and would continue to do so.
However, he added that there was no such move to release her before the change of administration in America.