ISLAMABAD – Foreign Office (FO) Spokesperson Nafees Zakaria said on Thursday Pakistan welcomes Iranian Supreme Leader Ayatollah Khamenei’s statement on Indian Occupied Kashmir (IOK).
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Reacting to Ayatollah Khamenei’s on Monday in which he urged his country’s judiciary to extend support to the “oppressed” Muslims of Kashmir, Zakaria said the Muslim Ummah is worried about the human rights violations in IOK by Indian forces, adding that the secretary general of the Organisation of Islamic Cooperation has also denounced atrocities in IOK.
The FO spokesperson termed the recent inclusion of Hizbul Mujahideen chief Syed Salahuddin in the Global Terrorist Watchlist by the US government an ‘unjustified’ action.
He also dubbed US Senator John McCain’s recent visit to Pakistan as positive, saying the Republican senator, who heads the powerful Senate Armed Services Committee, “praised Pakistan’s efforts to combat terrorism, Taliban and other militant networks”.
Nafees Zakria claimed that Pakistan was smashing out militants while the remaining Taliban have escaped to Afghanistan.
He claimed that the ‘Haqqani Network’ operates out of Afghanistan, not Pakistan and that many leaders of the group have been killed in Afghanistan.