• Foreign Office official says Pakistan will not indulge in any arms race.
  • Pakistan demands lifting of restrictions and an end to human rights violations in Occupied Kashmir, says Faisal.
  • Opening of the Kartarpur Corridor will held on time: Dr Faisal

(Karachi) Pakistan has urged the world community not to push the South Asian region into arms race.

While addressing a news briefing in Islamabad on Thursday, Foreign Office Spokesperson Dr Muhammad Faisal said Pakistan knows how to defend itself no matter it is Rafale or any other fighter jet. He said, “The whole world is witness to the episode of February 27."

Faisal maintained, “Pakistan will not indulge in any arms race. The focus of present government is on human development, health and education."

Kashmir Issue

Voicing concerns over the indefinite curfew and blatant human rights violations in Occupied Kashmir, the spokesperson said Pakistan demands lifting of all sorts of restrictions and stoppage of human rights violations in the held valley.

He said Pakistan stands by the oppressed Kashmiri people. “We are trying to raise the plight of Kashmiri people at every forum."

Dr Muhammad Faisal said despite Indian efforts to cover up its brutalities in occupied Kashmir, the plight of the Kashmiri people is being recognized across the world. He pointed out that three US Presidential candidates have added their voice in censuring India on the appalling humanitarian situation in the valley.

Kartarpur Corridor

Dr Faisal said a formal invitation has been extended to former Indian Prime Minister Manmohan Singh to attend the opening ceremony of the Kartarpur Corridor.

He said work on Kartarpur corridor is continuing with full speed and it will be completed on time. He said the opening of the corridor will held on time as committed by Prime Minister Imran Khan.

Responding to a question, the spokesperson said Pakistan is working on the dates of SAARC summit to be held in Islamabad. He said the dates will be shared when finalized.