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Prime Minister Muhammad Nawaz Sharif on Wednesday said that the Indus Water Treaty is a mutually agreed arrangement between India and Pakistan brokered by the World Bank in 1960, and neither country can unilaterally separate itself from the treaty. The Prime Minister was chairing a meeting here, which was attended by Minister for Interior Chaudhry Nisar Ali, Minister for Finance Ishaq Dar, Chief of Army Staff General Raheel Sharif, National Security Advisor General (R) Nasir Janjua, Foreign Secretary, DG Military Operations and senior civil and military officials.
The upcoming South Asian Association for Regional Cooperation (SAARC) Summit has been postponed following announcement of India, Bangladesh, Afghanistan and Bhutan to pull out of the significant regional conference. In a statement, only available on the state-run media, Adviser to the Prime Minister on Foreign Affairs Sartaj Aziz said that SAARC Summit could be postponed if India refused to attend, adding as per SAARC rules the Summit will not be held if any member country refuses to attend.
Prime Minister of Bahrain, Prince Khalifa Bin Salman Al Khalifa here on Wednesday said that he regards Pakistan as his home and highlighted the need to further expand the bilateral relations between Bahrain and Pakistan. "More high level visits from both countries would continue to maintain the momentum of expansion of our relations", Prince Khalifa Bin Salman Al Khalifa stated this while receiving at the Ghudaibia Palace, Commerce Minister Khurram Dastagir Khan and Ambassador of Pakistan to Bahrain Javed Malik, Pakistan's Ambassador to the Kingdom of Bahrain here.
The Prime Minister's special envoys on Jammu and Kashmir, Ijaz ul Haq, MNA and Malik M. Uzair, MNA, who are visiting Belgium to highlight grave human rights violation in Indian occupied Jammu and Kashmir, met the Pakistani and Kashmiri community in Brussels. They urged them to vigorously raise awareness about the atrocious Indian barbaric acts in IOK. The envoys briefed the Pakistani and Kashmiri Diaspora in detail about the horrific human right violations being perpetrated by the Indian occupation forces against the innocent and defenceless civilians of IOK.
Defence minister says its rival India will "disintegrate" when Kashmir gains independence. Khawaja Muhammad Asif said Wednesday that Pakistan will continue to extend moral support to the people of the disputed Himalayan region, which is split between Pakistani and Indian control but claimed in its entirety by both. Asif said Prime Minister Nawaz Sharif has tried to improve ties with India, but "we did not get a positive response from them."
China on Wednesday called on Pakistan and India to solve their differences over Kashmir. China "hopes that Pakistan and India will strengthen channels for dialogue, appropriately handle any differences, improve bilateral relations and together protect the region's peace and stability", a deputy foreign minister told Pakistan's special envoys to China for Kashmir, according to the foreign ministry website. The deputy minister, Liu Zhenmin, also told the envoys that China values Pakistan's position on Kashmir.
Amid heightening tensions between India and Pakistan, the United Nations Wednesday reiterated Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon's offer of his good offices to mediate the issues between the two countries, provided both sides agree to his mediation. "Our position on the good offices (of the secretary-general) remains the same," the secretary-general's spokesman Stephane Dujarric said at the regular noon briefing in response to series of questions.