The Foreign Ministry (FO) categorically rejected Friday the “false allegations and biased words” of the spokesperson for the Indian Ministry of Foreign Affairs concerning the South Asian Association for Regional Cooperation (Saarc) and Jammu and Kashmir Illegally Occupied Indian (IIOJK).
According to a report by L’Express TribuneForeign Minister Shah Mahmood Qureshi on Monday reiterated Pakistan’s invitation to India and other Saarc members for the upcoming summit in Islamabad, adding that New Delhi could participate virtually in the debate if it does not want to attend. attend in person.
No Saarc summit has taken place since 2014. The 19th summit, which was to be held in 2016 in Islamabad, was unable to take place after India’s withdrawal, accusing Pakistan of attacking its brigade military in Uri, a town in occupied Kashmir. Under the Saar Charter, a meeting of heads of government cannot take place if one of the member states does not accede to it.
Responding to Qureshi’s remarks, Indian Foreign Ministry spokesman Arindam Bagchi told media on Thursday that he was “aware of the background” as to why the summit had not been held since 2014.
“There has been no significant change in the situation since then. Therefore, there is still no consensus that would allow the summit to be held,” he said, quoted by Hindustan times.
In a statement released today, FO spokesperson Asim Iftikhar Ahmad said “India’s obstruction of the Saar process is a given.”
“Motivated by its partisan reasons and acting in violation of the provisions of the charter requiring the exclusion of bilateral issues, India is responsible for obstructing the 19th Saarc summit which was to take place in Pakistan in 2016,” a- he declared.
The spokesperson added that India’s “myopic attitude” made increasingly dysfunctional a valuable platform for regional cooperation.
“Pakistan hoped that India would revise its selfish approach and allow the Saar process to move forward for the progress and prosperity of the peoples of South Asia. For its part, Pakistan remained ready to host the next Saar summit as soon as the artificial summit the obstacles created in its path were lifted, “the statement said.
“India must recognize Kashmir’s legitimate struggle”
During his press briefing, the Indian official was also questioned about Prime Minister Imran Khan’s appeal to the international community to take action on the situation in the IIOJK.
According to Hindustan times report, Bagchi responded by saying that occupied Kashmir was “an inalienable and integral part of India”.
He is also said to have said that the remarks were made “by the Prime Minister of such a country which openly supports cross-border terrorism, which gave refuge to Osama bin Laden, and whose shocking human rights record is known to the world. “.
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The FO spokesperson responded to these comments and said that no amount of obfuscation and misrepresentation by Indian officials could hide India’s state terrorism in the IIOJK.
“The gross human rights violations of the Kashmiri people have been widely documented by the international human rights mechanism. […]. In addition, Pakistan had shared several files with the international community on the continuing human rights violations committed by India in the IIOJK and its state terrorism against the Kashmiri people and in Pakistan, ”the spokesperson said. of FO.
“India must renounce the use of state terrorism as a political instrument. Pakistan will continue to resolutely oppose Indian machinations and expose its anti-peace program endangering regional peace and security, ”he added.
He called on the Indians to recognize the reality of the just, legitimate and indigenous struggle of Kashmir, to respect the wishes of the Kashmiri people and to grant them their inalienable right to self-determination in accordance with the Charter of the United Nations and the relevant resolutions of the United Nations Security Council.