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Pakistan will continue to raise Kashmir issue at every forum: Aziz

Pakistan’s top diplomat Sartaz Aziz has said that Islamabad will ‘continue to raise the Kashmir issue at every forum and platform’.

India TV News Desk, Islamabad [ Published on: February 13, 2017 7:12 IST ]
File pic of Sartaz Aziz
File pic of Sartaz Aziz

Pakistan’s top diplomat Sartaz Aziz has said that Islamabad will ‘continue to raise the Kashmir issue at every forum and platform’.

"I have given a policy statement on the floor of the Parliament as well,” Pakistani media quoted him as saying on Sunday.

Premier Nawaz Sharif’s Foreign Affairs Adviser further said that ‘for the resolution of this outstanding issue, a number of letters had already been written to the United Nations Secretary General and the UN Security Council’.

Earlier this month, Pakistan's Parliament had passed a unanimous resolution extending solidarity with the Kashmiris and rejecting as ‘ridiculous’ the Indian stand that Kashmir is an integral part of India.

The resolution even extended political, moral and diplomatic support to the Kashmiris in the just struggle for their right to self-determination in lines with the UN resolutions.

Aziz also spoke of the ‘blatant violations’ of the Line of Control (LoC) by India and pointed out that Pakistan gave a befitting reply to the ‘unprovoked’ Indian firing.

To a question regarding the detention of Hafiz Saeed, the Adviser said that he had been detained under the National Action Plan and this matter pertains to the Ministry of Interior.

On ties with new US administration, Aziz said that ‘Pakistan desired good, friendly and lasting ties with Washington’.

Aziz said that Sharif's first contact with US President Donald Trump was a ‘very pleasant one’.

Pakistan and US have some common objectives mainly the situation in Afghanistan, eradication of terrorism and enhancement in trade.

To another question, he said that there was no plan under consideration for placing travel restrictions on the Pakistanis by the US.

 

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