Pakistan to resolve border fencing situation diplomatically with Afghanistan: Qureshi

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Foreign Minister Shah Mahmood Qureshi addressing a press conference in Islamabad, on January 3, 2021. — Facebook
Foreign Minister Shah Mahmood Qureshi addressing a press convention in Islamabad, on January 3, 2021. — Facebook

ISLAMABAD: Foreign Minister Shah Mahmood Qureshi stated Monday Pakistan would resolve the Pak-Afghan border situation with Afghanistan diplomatically.

The overseas minister, addressing a press convention within the Federal Capital, stated some “miscreants” had been trying to exploit the state of affairs on the Pak-Afghan border.

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“The border fencing works are underway.”

Highlighting the nation’s diplomatic efforts within the earlier 12 months, the overseas minister stated that Pakistan achieved historic milestones by way of strong financial, public, and science diplomacy.

Pakistan’s diplomatic efforts

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FM Qureshi termed the earlier 12 months as a “significant one” as Pakistan had “proactively and consistently” superior its diplomatic goals on a spread of diplomatic fronts — each bilaterally and multilaterally.

FM Qureshi highlighted that in 2021, about 85 bilateral exchanges with over 50 international locations and 35 senior management visits to Pakistan had taken place.

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Over 50 high-level multilateral engagements, participation at 35 worldwide boards, and 32 senior management visits by Pakistan had been recorded through the earlier years, he added.

The overseas minister additional stated the UN adopted 5 Pakistani sponsored or cosponsored resolutions. “114 Pakistan missions were made functional online through popular social media platforms.”

Pak-China friendship

About ties with Beijing, he stated 2021 marked an vital milestone in Pak-China friendship, as the 2 international locations celebrated the 70th anniversary of the institution of diplomatic relations in a befitting method with over 140 occasions and actions held throughout each international locations.

The overseas minister elaborated that Pakistan’s exports to China through the first 10 months of 2021 had been recorded on the US $ 2.85 billion (progress of 77% year-on-year).

He regretted India’s steady unfavourable angle had made the simplest discussion board for financial cooperation and improvement dysfunctional.

Pak-India relations

On relations with India, the overseas minister stated, sadly, India’s hostile behaviour has averted prospects of sturdy peace and stability within the area, and the good potential for financial improvement, and regional cooperation.

FM Qureshi stated BJP-RSS Hindutva-inspired management had adopted a “particularly irresponsible and politically motivated anti-Pakistan posture and a patently anti-Muslim approach at home”.

He stated New Delhi’s unilateral and unlawful actions in Indian Occupied Jammu and Kashmir (IOJK) since August 5, 2019, geared toward undermining the standing of the disputed territory, perpetuating its unlawful occupation, and altering its demographic construction.

The overseas minister stated the unabated widespread violations of human rights and worldwide humanitarian regulation and state-terrorism in opposition to the harmless Kashmiris had additional vitiated the setting and threatened worldwide peace and safety.

“Pakistan desires friendly relations with all its neighbours including India. But as the prime minister has said, the onus is on India to take necessary steps to create an environment conducive for dialogue. Resolution of Jammu and Kashmir dispute is a prerequisite for durable peace and stability in South Asia,” he reiterated.

IOJK stats

The overseas minister additional elaborated that in one of many largest ever crackdowns within the IOJK, 1,400 Kashmiris had been arrested arbitrarily in October 2021. Since August 5, 2019, greater than 502 Kashmiris have been martyred by Indian occupation forces in pretend encounters and extra-judicial operations.

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