India should launch probe into journalist Shujaat Bukhari’s murder: FO


ISLAMABAD (Web Desk) – Pakistan has said that the so-called Governor’s rule in Occupied Kashmir is one of the ploys adopted by New Delhi from time to time to further suppress the will of the Kashmiri people.

Addressing weekly news briefing in Islamabad on Thursday, the FO spokesperson Dr. Muhammad Faisal said imposition of governor rule and the ongoing bloodshed in Occupied Kashmir along with statements emanating from India about the a crackdown on Kashmiris indicate an alarming Indian imperviousness to international opinion.

He said such steps are likely to result in enhanced Indian brutalities and a virtual free hand to Indian security forces against innocent Kashmiris.

He said Pakistan strongly condemns this killing by Indian forces that is a reflection of intolerance of Indian state apparatus that wants to stifle speech and expression.

He said Pakistan calls upon India to hold independent, transparent and credible investigation on the brutal assassination of seasoned Kashmiri journalist Shujaat Bukhari and bring the perpetrators to justice.

Referring to situation in Afghanistan, the FO Spokesperson said Pakistan supports Afghan-led and Afghan-owned process to bring peace in the war torn country.

The FO spokesperson said Army Chief General Qamar Javed Bajwa during his visit to Afghanistan earlier this month held talks with President Ashraf Ghani on bilateral issues and matters related to Afghan peacemaking efforts.

The Pakistani delegation congratulated Afghan leaders on recent initiatives that will ultimately lead towards an enduring peace.

Confirming the killing of TTP Chief Mullah Fazlullah in Afghanistan, the Foreign Office spokesperson said Pakistan welcomes the elimination of this threat and we believe in cooperation with others to defeat terrorism.

He said Pakistan does not distinguish between good and bad Taliban and is equally pursuing all terrorist groups that threaten its security and stability.

Replying to a question, the Foreign Office spokesperson said Pakistani consul general in USA held a meeting with incarcerated Dr. Aafia Siddiqui on 23rd May where she complained of the mistreatment by US authorities.

Pakistan has raised this issue with the concerned US quarters. Dr. Aafia Siddiqui also handed over a letter to the Consul General to be delivered to her mother.



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