Pres Alvi to Gen Graziano sheds light on IOK

By Staff Reporter
Friday – November 8, 2019
ISLAMABAD: India’s illegal and unilateral actions to alter the disputed status of Indian occupied Jammu and Kashmir (IOK) and suspension of civic liberties constitute human rights’ violations of the people of IOK, president Arif Alvi said, while talking to European Union (EU) Military Committee (EUMC) chairman general Claudio Graziano, who called on him in the federal capital on Thursday.

According to an official statement, he emphasised that the world community must play its role to alleviate the suffering of Kashmiri people at the hands of fascist Indian regime, and moral principles must not be sacrificed at the altar of economic interests, he added.

General Graziano, said that EU fully supported the human rights of the Kashmiri people. President Alvi said that the humanitarian situation because of myopic and extremist policies of India in Kashmir will result in forced migration, a problem which was also faced by EU, in terms of refugees from conflict-ridden areas of Middle-East.

Therefore, all efforts must be made to prevent such forced migration from Kashmir.

The president emphasised that Pakistan valued its relations with the EU and EU was a traditional ally and major trading and investment partner of Pakistan, he added.

He pointed out that Pakistan saw generalised system of preferences (GSP) plus scheme as a constructive engagement for the betterment of its economy.

Appreciating the visit by general Graziano, the president said that it will help in understanding and enhancing future defence cooperation between Pakistan and EU.

He said that Pakistan looked forward to interacting closely with the new EU parliament as well as the European commission. He also highlighted that Pakistan - EU cooperation was based on shared values of democracy, pluralism, mutual understanding and respect and Pakistan was firmly committed to advancing these mutually reinforcing objectives, he added.

The president also highlighted Pakistan’s commitment to eradicate extremism and its unprecedented sacrifices in men, material and economy during the ongoing war on terror.