Bill Clinton's 1998 Statement On Kashmir Issue Still Valid: FO

Bill Clinton's 1998 statement on Kashmir issue still valid: FO

ISLAMABAD, (Pakistan Point News - APP -19th Sept,2016) : Foreign Office Spokesperson Nafees Zakaria Monday said the statement of US President Bill Clinton after 1998 nuclear explosions by India and Pakistan, terming Kashmir issue "a nuclear flash-point" was still valid. Speaking in a ptv programme, the Foreign Office spokesperson said the world should recognize the gravity of situation vis a vis Kashmir issue, as it posed serious danger to regional and international peace.

He was also critical of the "irresponsible attitude" of Indian media, which was creating hype after the Uri firing incident in the Indian Occupied Kashmir. Nafees Zakaria called upon the Pakistani civil society to play their role in raising the Kashmir issue at global level by sensitizing the world about the gross human rights violations being committed by the occupation forces in Indian Occupied Kashmir. The spokesperson appreciated Pakistani and Kashmiri diaspora in the United Kingdom, who were continuously organizing events to highlight the human rights violations in IOK.

To a question, he said the Ministry of Foreign Affairs was taking all diplomatic measures to raise the Kashmir dispute at bilateral and international levels. Nafees Zakaria appreciated the government's initiative of appointing Prime Minister's Envoys on Kashmir, which was very productive as the elected representatives were visiting various capitals to sensitize the world on the Kashmir issue. To a question about the Indian allegations after Uri firing incident, the Foreign Office spokesperson said India had the habit of hurling accusations without giving any evidence and referred to Samjhota Express and Pathan Kot incidents.

He said the people of Kashmir, who were fighting for their just right of self-determination as promised in the UN Security Council resolutions, had their indigenous movement. Nafees Zakaria also spoke on the gross human rights violations in the Occupied Kashmir and said during the last over two months, over 100 Kashmiris had been assassinated and around 700 injured. He said the Indian occupied forces were using pellet guns in the Occupied Kashmir due to which several people, mostly youth, had lost their eyes.