ISLAMABAD –Pakistan on Thursday again concerned over repeated incidents of attempted illegal sale of Uranium in India. To comply with its international obligations, India must also take verifiable measures for strengthening the security of its nuclear materials, he added.
Speaking to journalists, Foreign Office spokesman Zahid Hafeez Chaudhri said that instead of resorting to baseless and usual anti-Pakistan rhetoric, India must thoroughly investigate the matter in a credible and transparent manner.
Chaudhri expressed surprise that the Indian External Ministry spokesman had said that this was an attempt by Pakistan to malign India.
“The incident took place in India and was reported by its own media. The charges were also framed by the Indian Police. I, therefore, wonder as to what made the Indian Ministry of External Affairs’ spokesperson believe that it depicted Pakistan’s desperation to malign India,” questioned the spokesman.
Commenting on the situation in the Indian Occupied Kashmir (IOJ&K), Chaudhri said Pakistan remained firm in its commitment to provide all possible support to Kashmiris in their struggle for the realisation of their inalienable right to self–determination.
The spokesman said if India took further steps, it would imperil regional peace and security. He said Pakistan had also been reminding the UN Security Council of its responsibility for a peaceful and just settlement of the Kashmir dispute in accordance with the relevant UNSC resolutions.
Responding to a query about the case of RAW spy Commander Kulbhushan Jadhav, the spokesman said: “Pakistan abides by all its international obligations, and this applies to the International Court of Justice (ICJ) judgment in case of Commander Kulbhushan Jadhav. The legislative measures taken by Pakistan are only aimed at giving full effect to the ICJ judgment. The legislation or its purpose should not be, in any way, misconstrued”.
Regarding the UAE visas for Pakistanis, Chaudhri said the government had shared the latest information about the COVID-19 numbers with the UAE government.
“We hope the UAE will review its COVID related advisory for all Pakistanis soon. Currently, Pakistanis having diplomatic and official visas and UAE golden visas can travel,” he said.
The spokesman reaffirmed commitment to further strengthening its AML/CFT regime without prejudging the outcome of the upcoming plenary meeting of the Financial Action Task Force (FATF).
The meeting is slated for the last week of June to review Pakistan’s progress under the FATF Action Plan and subsequently announce its decision at a time when the country has successfully completed 26 out of 27 action plans.
Pakistani rupee remains largely stable against USD and other currencies in the open market on March 2, 2024 (Saturday).
In the open market, the US dollar was being quoted at 279.4 for buying and 282.3 for selling.
Euro currently stands at 302.5 for buying and 305.5 for selling while British Pound rate stands at 354 for buying, and 359 for selling.
UAE Dirham AED hovers at 76.3 whereas the Saudi Riyal saw slight increase, with new rates at 74.5.
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