Foreign Ministry spokesman Dr. Mohammad Faisal on Thursday dismissed media reports claiming that the foreign ministers of the United Arab Emirates and Saudi Arabia, on their recent trip to Pakistan, had told the government that Kashmir "was not Muslim." ummah related issue "and insisted that both officials had" expressed solidarity with Pakistan and support for the Kashmir cause. "
Dr. Faisal made the comments in response to a question at the weekly press conference at the Ministry of Foreign Affairs. He described media reports on alleged statements by the UAE and Saudi Arabian ministers as "speculation."
UAE Foreign Minister and Saudi Arabian Foreign Minister visited Pakistan last week and held meetings with Foreign Minister Shah Mahmood Qureshi, Prime Minister Imran Khan and Army Chief General Qamar Javed Bajwa The continuing tensions in occupied Kashmir, following the decision of New Delhi to revoke the special status of the region, was one of the main issues discussed at all meetings.
The Foreign Ministry spokesman said the blockade in occupied Kashmir imposed by the Indian government had entered its 40th day and reiterated Pakistan's position that the matter should be resolved in accordance with the resolutions adopted by the United Nations.
When asked about the recent reiteration of the president of the United States, Donald Trump, of the offer of mediation between Islamabad and New Delhi, Dr. Faisal said that India "was not ready."
"We have always been ready for bilateral dialogue too [as mediation] and we made many attempts [to hold talks].
"We have always maintained that each problem can be solved through dialogue. Now let's see what happens."
He also said: "The struggle of Jammu and Kashmir is a […] process. It is not an event This process is ongoing and progresses.
"Tomorrow, the prime minister will go to Azad Kashmir and has a policy statement for the people there. There are many [other] steps under consideration and we will inform you as they develop. At this time, nothing is definitive. "
He also clarified that "there was no substantive dialogue between India and Pakistan."
Peace process in Afghanistan
In response to questions about the suspension of peace talks in Afghanistan, Dr. Faisal said that Pakistan had always supported a process that is "directed and owned by Afghans."
"Pakistan learned of the cancellation of the meeting between US President Trump and the Taliban leaders in Camp David. Pakistan wants all parties to exercise restraint and refrain from violence."
"Pakistan has always maintained that the only solution to the Afghan conflict lies in a politically directed negotiated agreement owned by the Afghans themselves.
"We hope that the peace talks between the United States and the Afghan Taliban will resume as soon as possible."
Last week, President Trump had announced that a meeting between him and the Afghan Taliban leaders was supposed to be held at Camp David and that he had canceled after an attack, owned by the militants, in which a US soldier died.
The announcement jeopardized an agreement reached "in principle" between the US envoy for Afghanistan, Zalmay Khalilzad, and the Afghan Taliban leaders after about nine rounds of talks.
Prime Minister Imran welcomes the EU declaration on Kashmir
Later in the day, Prime Minister Imran turned to Twitter to welcome the European Union's call for a peaceful resolution of the Kashmir dispute in line with UNSC resolutions.
"I appreciate the call of the EU in the Human Rights Council for a peaceful resolution of the Kashmir dispute in line with UNSC resolutions, international law and bilateral agreements."
"I commend the 58 countries that joined Pakistan in the Human Rights Council on September 10, reinforcing the demands of the international community for India to stop the use of force, lift the siege, eliminate other restrictions, respect and protect Kashmir rights and resolve the Kashmir dispute through UNSC resolutions. "