Pakistan seeks int’l community’s help for talks with India

ISLAMABAD, Pakistan: Pakistan on Thursday asked the international community to pressurize India to hold talks with it for resolution of Kashmir issue.

In his weekly media briefing in Islamabad on Thursday, the Foreign Office Spokesman Nafees Zakaria said that Pakistan wants to resolve all outstanding issues including Kashmir with India through talks as war is not a solution to any issue.

The foreign office spokesman said that it was the United Nations responsibility to solve international disputes including Kashmir. He said that the UN should get its resolutions on Kashmir implemented.

The spokesman said that Kashmiri people cannot be deprived of their right to self-determination for which they have been rendering sacrifices for decades.

Earlier on Wednesday, a spokesman for the UN Chief said in a regular news briefing in New York that the UN Secretary General Ban Ki-Moon was concerned over the deteriorating situation in occupied Kashmir and he was ready to mediate peace talks amid heightening tensions between India and Pakistan.

Zakaria further said that Pakistan is effectively taking up the issue with the international community including the Organization of Islamic Cooperation (OIC).

The spokesman said that Ambassadors of European Union countries and five permanent members of UN Security Council were briefed by the Foreign Secretary Aizaz Ahmed Chaudhry on recent atrocities being perpetrated by the Indian forces and human rights violations in occupied Kashmir.

Nafees Zakaria said that Pakistan’s envoys abroad are also briefing to the respective governments and human rights organizations on the issue.