Pakistan to hunt ‘All’ TTP militants sans distinction of good or bad: FO says
Tariq Ullah Wardag
ISLAMABAD: Pakistan does not discriminate between good or bad Taliban and would continue to hunt ‘all’ TTP (Tehreek-e-Taliban) militants, Foreign Office said Thursday.
“Pakistan will continue to hunt ‘all’ the TTP persons, if need be,” Foreign Office Spokesman Dr Muhammad Faisal said when asked to clarify whether the chase would limit to the Pakistan’s territory only or extend to the Afghanistan’s soil as well.
Speaking at a media briefing here at the Foreign Office, the spokesman said the ceasefire truce between the Afghan government and Taliban on the eve of Eid was a “step in right direction, which Pakistan supported and welcomed”.
He said Pakistan’s position on Afghanistan’s stability was clear and it believed that the only viable solution lied in an Afghan-led and Afghan-owned peace process.
The spokesman officially confirmed the killing of terrorist Moulvi Fazlullah in Afghanistan and said the news was received in Pakistan with relief especially among the families of the innocent who were killed including the martyrs of Army Public School.
On the recent report by Office of the UN High Commission for Human Rights, the Spokesman said Pakistan was ready to facilitate the visit of international observers to the areas of Kashmir linked with Pakistan. provided India offered to do the same.
He said Pakistan had nothing to hide from the world while India was shying away and was trying to cover its blatant human rights violations.
“If India really has nothing to hide, it can address its claims of the report being based on unverified information by allowing the COI and OIC IPHRC access to IOK,” he said.
He said Pakistan welcomed the OHCHR Report’s recommendation for an independent, international Commission of Inquiry to assess the situation in Indian Occupied Kashmir which was consistent with several calls by Pakistan since 2016.
The spokesman mentioned the Report, which was sharply critical of the human rights atrocities including the use of pellet guns, draconian laws including the AFSPA (Armed Forces Special Powers Act) and the SPA, use of rape to subjugate dissent, communication blockade and violation of right to life, health, education and peaceful protests.
“India’s knee jerk rejection of the report indicates its complete insensitivity to international law and its deplorable intransigence, which has delayed the resolution of the Jammu and Kashmir dispute since the last seven decades and holds the regional peace and development hostage,” he said.
To a question on a statement by Chief Secretary Gilgit Baltistan that GB was not a disputed territory for its people paying taxes to the government of Pakistan, the spokesman rejected the notion and said GB was part of Jammu and Kashmir, which was a disputed territory.
“The GB Chief Secretary’s remarks are categorically wrong and there should not be any doubt about it,” the spokesman said, adding that the territories including Azad Jammu and Kashmir, Indian Occupied Kashmir, Gilgit Baltistan and Laddakh remained in the disputed category of the United Nations.
When asked about the meeting of Pakistan Consul General in Houston, USA Ayesha Farooqi with the detained Pakistani Aafia Siddiqui, the Spokesman said the meeting took place on May 23rd where Aafia Siddiqui complained about the mistreatment meted out to her. He said Aafia Siddiqui had handed over the Consul General a private letter addressed to her mother.
To a query about sending special envoys to world capitals to convince on Kashmir issue, the spokesman said it was carried out under the directive of the parliament in line with its resolution. He said it was now up to the next parliament to decide on continuation of the same practice.
He expressed gratitude to the UAE government for granting royal pardon to 442 Pakistani prisoners among the 2,000 on Eid and said the Consulate General of Pakistan, Dubai helped 350 prisoners with flight tickets, and financial and legal assistance.
The spokesman mentioned that Pakistan released 299 Indian prisoners in six months on humanitarian grounds and stressed that India needed to come out of its Chanakya mindset.
The Spokesman condemned the targeted killing of Kashmiri journalist Shujaat Bukhari within hours of his tweet on the OHCHR’s report on Jammu and Kashmir, raised serious questions about the motivation behind his murder.
“Shujaat Bukhari has joined the ranks of thousands of Kashmiri martyrs who have made the ultimate sacrifice for the cause of peace and justice for the people of Indian Occupied Jammu & Kashmir.
Pakistan reiterates it call on the Government of India to conduct an independent, transparent and credible investigation into his murder and to bring the perpetrators to justice,” he said.