Pakistan seeks Oman’s support to urge India to respect UN resolutions on Kashmir: President Arif Alvi

ISLAMABAD, Pakistan: President Dr Arif Alvi has said that Pakistan sought support of Oman along with the International Community to urge India to respect the UN Security Council (UNSC) resolutions, which give an inalienable right of self-determination to the people of Kashmir.

Talking to the Chairman of Majles A’Shura of the Sultanate of Oman and Head of Delegation Mr. Sheikh Khalid bin Hilal Al Maawali at the Aiwan-e-Sadr in Islamabad on Thursday, the president said that as a member of the Organization of Islamic Cooperation (OIC), Oman must make efforts to solidify OIC’s support for the people of Indian Occupied Jammu & Kashmir.

Dr Arif Alvi said that Indian fascist regime, previously involved in the Gujarat Massacre, has now endangered the regional and international peace because of its access to the nuclear button.

The president highlighted that Pakistan strongly rejects the illegal Indian actions of August 5 whereby it unilaterally tried to alter the disputed status of the Azad Jammu and Kashmir, which was a breach of the Resolutions of the UNSC.

President Arif Alvi emphasized that India’s assertion of Jammu and Kashmir being an internal matter was not true, as testified by the recent meeting of the UNSC. Every Muslim must feel the pain of the innocent Kashmiris, who were subjected to blatant human rights violation by Indian Forces through ghastly clampdown, involving a month long curfew and suspension of basic amenities of life to the people, he added.

Highlighting the close interaction between the two Parliaments and formation of Friendship groups in the Upper Houses of Pakistan and Oman, the president said that Pakistan attached great importance to its relations with Oman and was keen to further enhance these brotherly relations in all spheres. In this regard, the creation of Pak-Oman Friendship group in Majlis A’ Shura of Oman would further connect the two countries.

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The president emphasized that regular high-level interactions through established mechanisms of Bilateral Political Consultations and Joint Commission would promote and expand bilateral ties in diverse fields. He underscored that the current level of bilateral trade was not commensurate with excellent political ties and highlighted the need to diversify bilateral trade by taking advantage of geographical proximity, the investment-friendly policies of Pakistan, and Pakistan’s potential of exporting food items, construction materials, leather and surgical goods to Oman. Furthermore, he said that Pakistani community had been making valuable contribution to the development of Oman and pointed out the need to increase the opportunities in employment of Pakistani workers in banking, health, education, petroleum and food sectors.

Dr Arif Alvi said that Pakistan is a peaceful nation and desired peace in the region, said the President. He underlined that peace in Afghanistan was pivotal for sustainable regional peace and Pakistan was dedicated to the ongoing reconciliation process in Afghanistan.

Mr. Sheikh Khalid bin Hilal Al Maawali appreciated the excellent bilateral relations, and said that the formation of Friendship groups in the upper houses of both countries would go a long way in further bolstering the bilateral relations.

The Chairman of Majles A’Shura of Oman said that Pakistani Diaspora in Oman is playing an invaluable role in the progress and prosperity of Oman. He agreed that the trade relations between the two Countries needed further boost.

In the end, the president extended invitation to the Sultan of Oman to visit Pakistan.