Over 100,000 children orphaned in occupied Kashmir: FO

Spokesperson says Pakistan would continue diplomatic support to people of Kashmir till the resolution of the issue.

ISLAMABAD: The decades-long occupation by India of Jammu and Kashmir has rendered over 22,000 women widowed and 107,000 children orphaned, as the world looked the other way despite united Nations resolutions to hold a plebiscite to decide the future of the disputed territory.
This was stated by Foreign Office spokesperson Mumtaz Zahra Baloch at her weekly briefing.
The spokesperson asked India to allow Kashmiris to practice their right to self-determination as guaranteed by the United Nations Security Council’s resolutions. She said Pakistan would continue its diplomatic support to the people of Kashmir till the resolution of the issue.
She said Deputy Prime Minister Mohammad Ishaq Dar visited Beijing where he co-chaired the fifth Pak-China Strategic Dialogue with Chinese Foreign Minister Wang Yi. He also held meetings with Chinese vice Premier Ding Xuexiang.
The two sides reached consensus to collectively take measures to safeguard their common interest, promote the socioeconomic development of peoples of the two countries, and work together to promote peace, development and prosperity in the region. The two sides will enhance exchanges at all levels, deepen experience-sharing in state governance, and further enhance cooperation in all areas.
The two sides will work together to forge an “upgraded version” of the China-Pakistan Economic Corridor (CPEC) by jointly building a growth corridor, a livelihood-enhancing corridor, an innovation corridor, a green corridor, by aligning them with Pakistan’s development framework and priorities.
“Together, we will accelerate progress on major connectivity projects including upgradation of ML-1, the Gwadar Port, realignment of Karakoram Highway Phase II, strengthen cooperation in agriculture, industrial parks, mining, and information technology.”
The two sides underscored the importance of maintaining peace and stability in South Asia and the need for resolution of all outstanding disputes, and their opposition to any unilateral action. The Chinese side reiterated its principled position on the Jammu and Kashmir dispute and for its peaceful resolution in accordance with the UN Charter, relevant UN Security Council resolutions and bilateral agreements.
 On May 15, Pakistan and Latvia held the 6th round of Bilateral Political Consultations in Islamabad.
The two sides reviewed the wide spectrum of bilateral relations and discussed opportunities for further cooperation, especially in trade & investment, energy, parliamentary exchanges, education, technology and labour mobility. The two sides also explored opportunities for trade and investment particularly in clean and green energy, climate change and IT sectors, she added.

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