Kashmir not integral part of India: FO spokesperson

Kashmir not integral part of India: FO spokesperson

Tasnim-Aslam Foreign Office Spokesperson Tasnim Aslam has said that Pakistan did not accept Indian claim that Kashmir is integral part of India, adding Kashmir is disputed territory and UNO has given the right of self determination to Kashmiris. She said that spying of Pakistan’s major political party by US is violation of diplomatic norms and international laws.

Foreign Office Spokesperson Tasnim Aslam during her weekly briefing on Thursday said Pakistan has raised this matter with US in the past and will continue to discuss it in the future.

On a question regarding Indian unprovoked firing incident on Line of Control in Kotli sector last night, she said one injury has been reported. She said meeting between flag commanders will look into this matter.

Regarding Pakistani prisoners in Indian jails, she said there has been discrepancy in figures provided by Indian authorities. She told according to our investigations, prisoners are around 500.

She said it is unfortunate that many of Pakistani nationals who have completed their primary sentences in India still remain in jail. She said law does not permit that any person convicted for a crime be punished twice or more than he or she deserves.

Regarding Jammu and Kashmir, the spokesperson said Pakistan does not accept accession of Jammu and Kashmir to India. She reiterated that Kashmir is disputed territory, which needs to be resolved according to UN resolutions.

To a question regarding annual meeting of Nuclear Supplier Group (NSG), Tasnim Aslam said Pakistan self is not signatory to Non-proliferation Treaty (NPT), but both Pakistan and India are nuclear reality whether NPT or NSG accept it or not. She said Pakistan has consistently called for nondiscriminatory access to nuclear technology. She said any effort or step that creates exception and is based on double standards, undermines credibility of international nuclear regime. She said Pakistan believes there will not be any duplicity and even handed approach would be followed in this regard.

Regarding Protection of Pakistan Bill, she said elements involved in war against Pakistan like Mullah Fazlullah and others will be dealt under this law.

The spokesperson said Pakistan has not sought help for internally displaced persons (IDPs). She said they are our own nationals and we are looking after them. She said the government has launched operation against militancy in North Waziristan which has damaged our country badly and as a consequence, people of that area have been dislocated.

She said Pakistan has been calling on Afghanistan for taking matching measurements on Pak-Afghan border to stop terrorists escape. She told an Afghan security delegation is visiting Pakistan today, which will discuss border issues with its Pakistani counterparts.

About Iraq situation, Tasnim Aslam said our embassy in Baghdad is closely monitoring the situation and all Pakistanis living in Iraq are safe. She said Pakistan is deeply concerned about the evolving situation and wishes to see peace and stability. She called upon all segments of Iraqi society to shun violence together.

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