Kashmir issue is to be resolved under UN resolutions: FO

Spokesperson says Indian claim on Azad Kashmir is ridiculous.

ISLAMABAD: Foreign Office on Thursday ridiculed a remark by an Indian minister and said Jammu and Kashmir is an internationally recognized dispute to be resolved by the Kashmiri people in accordance with the UN Security Council resolutions.

FO spokesperson Mumtaz Zahra Baloch stated this when asked about her reaction to Indian Home Minister Amit Shah’s recent remarks that Azad Kashmir wad part of India.

She said instead of staking claim on Azad Kashmir, it is important for India to respect the rights of the people of illegally occupied Jammu and Kashmir.

About the recent escalation in Pak-Afghan relations, she maintained that Pakistan respects the sovereignty and territorial integrity of Afghanistan, adding the two countries should be partners in peace and against terrorism.

About the US pressure on Pakistan-Iran pipeline project, the spokesperson said there is no room for any discussion or waiver from any third party for the construction of the pipeline inside Pakistan’s territory. She said Pakistan has also conveyed to the US authorities the importance of this project for its energy security. 

About concerns expressed by US Congress regarding rigging in the general elections, she said some statements made there reflected misunderstanding of Pakistan’s domestic situation and electoral laws.

She hoped to engage in meaningful discussion with the US to address these misunderstandings.

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