Pakistan asks UN to probe use of chemical weapons in IOK. October 18, 2018

Pakistan has reiterated call for a thorough and independent investigation into use of chemical weapons by Indian forces in Occupied Kashmir.

The call was made by Foreign Office Spokesperson Dr Muhammad Faisal at his weekly news briefing in Islamabad on Thursday.

The spokesperson said that the UN Commission of Inquiry may also look into the matter provided India is not permitting its visit.

Dr Muhammad Faisal said that the Indian forces are committing heinous crimes in Occupied Kashmir and the same was documented by the UN Human Rights Commission in its recent report.

He said that Pakistan has a principled stand on Kashmir dispute and there is no change in it. He said we want its early resolution but the other side is not ready to do so.

Responding to a question, the spokesperson said that the US and allied forces should not withdraw from Afghanistan unless situation stabilizes in the country.

When asked that with such statements Pakistan may invite ire of the Taliban, the spokesperson clarified that these forces are staying in the war torn country as per the mandate of the UN which is renewed every year. He said these forces are staying there for peace, stability and development of the country.

The spokesperson further stated that there is no military solution to the Afghan conflict. He said negotiated settlement is the most viable option. We are pleased that other important actors are also arriving at the same conclusion and exploring the possibilities of peace and reconciliation. He said Pakistan welcomes efforts for negotiated settlement and will extend all possible support in this regard.

When asked about Indian-Afghan cooperation for developing water reservoirs on Kabul river, the spokesperson said that Pakistan and Afghanistan remain engaged for optimal utilization of the available water resources. We believe that water resources must be used in a manner that benefit both the countries and is in line with international laws, norms and the best practices for water sharing.

He said Pakistan is fencing its border with Afghanistan to check movement of undesirable elements. He said Afghanistan also needs to take similar steps.

The spokesperson said that Chaman crossing point is open between the two countries as we are committed to facilitate trade and people to people to contacts with the neighboring country.

Responding to a question about the US’s first set of sanctions against Iran, the spokesperson said that we desire that all the parties uphold their commitments with regards to the Iranian nuclear deal. He said the course of diplomacy and dialogue should be taken to address the issues.

He said that Pakistan has also taken up the matter with Iranian and Iraqi authorities to facilitate the visits of Zaireen to the holy places.

To a question about current difficult economic situation, the spokesperson stated with conviction that there is no need to worry and the situation will improve in a matter of one or two months.

To a question, the spokesperson said that Pakistan International Airlines is facing problems in regularizing its accounts in New Delhi. He said the national flag carrier is pursuing its case in the Indian courts. He said the Indian side should shun such an anti Pakistan approach as it will not be helpful.

In his opening statement, the spokesperson said that Iranian Foreign Minister Javad Zarif telephoned Foreign Minister Shah Mahmood Qureshi and discussed the situation arising out of the abduction of Iranian guards near Pak-Iran border. He said Shah Mahmood Qureshi expressed his concerns on the incident and briefed the Iranian counterpart about the action taken by Pakistan to ascertain the whereabouts of the missing Iranian guards. He said it was also noted that the director generals of military operations of the two countries are also in touch with each other to coordinate security and rescue efforts.