World bodies urged for practical steps to stop India from anti minority policy.
Pakistan has urged the international community to take practical steps to stop the Indian government from pursuing discriminatory and anti-minority policies.
Foreign Office Spokesperson Aisha Farooqui made this appeal during her weekly news briefing in Islamabad on Thursday.
World bodies urged for practical steps
She urged the UN, the OIC and the Human Rights organizations must ensure protection of the minorities.
She drew their practical role especially for protection of the Muslims and their places of worships and properties in India.
Farooqui said the large scale targeted violence against Muslims that took place in New Delhi in the backdrop of highly communal statements by the BJP leaders has been a matter of great concern for Pakistan and it is highly condemnable.
She also condemned the desecration and vandalization of places of worships in New Delhi.
She said at least fourteen mosques and one Dargah were reportedly burnt down by Hindutva vigilantes within a span of three to four days.
Moreover, she said these sacred places were deliberately rampaged whilst copies of holy Quran were desecrated.
IOJK HR violations
She also voiced concerns over the gross human rights violations in occupied Jammu and Kashmir and attempts to bring about demographic change there.
Aisha Farooqui said Jammu and Kashmir is an internationally recognized dispute which has been reaffirmed repeatedly by the UN Security Council, the UN Secretary General and most recently by the OIC’s special envoy on Jammu and Kashmir.
Responding to a question about Afghanistan, she said Pakistan has felicitated Ashraf Ghani over his election as the president of the country.
She said Pakistan has maintained that the US-Taliban peace agreement is a historic step towards the ultimate aim of achieving peace and stability in Afghanistan.
Intra Afghan dialogue
The spokesperson said it is now a significant opportunity to move towards the next step of intra Afghan dialogue.
She said Pakistan has played its role of facilitator and it is now the responsibility of Afghans and their representatives to take the process forward and arrive at a solution for peace and stability in Afghanistan.
To a question, the spokesperson said that Pakistan has raised the issue of the release of Dr Aafia Siddiqui with the US and our talks on the matter are continuing.
When asked about coronavirus, the spokesperson said necessary steps have been taken by the federal and provincial governments at the airports and border areas to contain the virus.
She said we are also constituting a plan to see how best our diplomats abroad can be protected against the virus.