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Jan 24, 2008
Pakistan opposed to creation of new centers of privilege in the name of expansion of UN Security Council: FO

ISLAMABAD: Pakistan has made it clear no shift has taken place in its Kashmir policy adding it will continue to extend its moral and diplomatic support to Kashmiris and an out of box resolution of Kashmir issue will be in line with UN resolutions.

“Pakistan, Kashmiris and India are three stake holders to Kashmir issue. Pakistan will continue to extend moral and diplomatic support to struggle of people of Kashmir for settlement of Kashmir problem. We will not go for any shift in our Kashmir policy . If any out of box solution comes, it will be in consonance with UN resolutions. We will not back track” said foreign office spokesman M Sadiq in his weekly press briefing here Wednesday.

Responding to a question he said Pakistan was seriously concerned over deteriorating situation in Gaza. “We slam Israeli aggression. Economic blockade has been slapped on people of Gaza. Al the facilities including food and oil are not being provided to them, he added. This is sheer breach of human rights and international laws, he regretted. Such steps would escalate tension in the region and harm peace efforts , he voiced apprehension. International community should mount pressure on Israel to lift blockade against Palestinians and provision of necessities of life be ensured to them, he appealed.

To a query he said Iran had given proposal for convening OIC administration committee meeting on this issue. Talks are underway between the member countries of administration committee including Pakistan, Azerbaijan, Uganda, Malaysia, Qatar, Senigal, Saudi Arabia and Palestine in this connection , he told. The date will be fixed to summon meeting by the end of this week, he indicated.

Regarding India’s accords with different counties for purchase of new weapon system he said Pakistan was much concerned over arrival of new weapon system in South Asia. This region is already overwhelmed by poverty menace, therefore, there should be no stockpiling of arms in this region, he cautioned.

He underscored president Pervez Musharraf had assured upcoming general elections would be held in fair and transparent manner. This was their personal opinion if certain elements had some reservations in this regard, he added. However we are committed to hold fair and free elections”, he announced.

Replying to a question he said President Musharraf was on his trip to European countries and he would meet key international leaders in Devis. President Musharraf visit to European countries was of working nature and was not official, he told. His visit is aimed at fostering harmony and understanding between Pakistan and European countrie4s in political and economic partnership, expansion of cooperation in war on terror and removing misgivings about Pakistan, he added.

President Musharraf is still head of anti terrorism campaign, he underlined. Army chief General Ashfaq Kiyani was part of it, he added.

He indicated Pakistan was opposed to creation of new centers of privileges in the name of expansion of UN Security Council. There should be equal opportunities for every one. We are striving for forging consensus of opinion, he announced.

(Source: "Pakistan opposed to creation of new centers of privilege in the name of expansion of UN Security Council: FO", Paktribune, 24 January 2008)

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