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Ministry of Foreign Affairs
(Office of the Spokesperson)
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Weekly Press Briefing by the Spokesperson
Thursday, 15 February 2024

Assalam-o-Alaikum,

Welcome to the Ministry of Foreign Affairs.

The 14th round of the Pakistan-Russia Consultative Group on Strategic Stability took place on 7 February 2024. Co-chaired by Additional Foreign Secretary (Arms Control and Disarmament), Mohammad Kamran Akhtar, and Russian Deputy Minister of Foreign Affairs S.A. Ryabkov.

The two sides discussed issues related to international security, regional stability, and various aspects of arms control, disarmament, and non-proliferation. Issues around biological, space and information security, as well as new and emerging technologies, including the military use of artificial intelligence, were also discussed.

Pakistan and the Commonwealth of Dominica have formally established diplomatic ties. A joint communique formalizing ties between the two countries was signed by the Permanent Representative of Pakistan to the United Nations, Ambassador Munir Akram and the Permanent Representative of Dominica to the United Nations, Ambassador Philbert Aaron. This decision reflects Pakistan’s firm commitment to enhance its diplomatic outreach and expand cooperation with countries across the globe.

We endorse the statement of OIC strongly condemning the ongoing Israeli military aggression against Gaza and the expansion of indiscriminate attacks on the Rafah city. OIC has raised alarm on expansion and escalation of the pace of the Israeli aggression and warned against an unacceptable attempt to forcibly displace the Palestinian people from their own land. Israel’s merciless onslaught against the 1.4 million displaced people in Rafah is a blatant defiance of the provisional measures outlined by the International Court of Justice in its interim order.

Pakistan calls on UN Security Council to fulfill its responsibility mandated under the Charter of the United Nations and to urgently intervene to impose a ceasefire and bring an end to the massacre of the Palestinian people. We also call for an immediate reversal of the decision by some countries to suspend UNRWA’s funding. The siege of Gaza must be lifted to prevent further deaths and suffering from famine and non-availability of decent medical care. Pakistan stands resolute in its unwavering diplomatic, moral, political, and humanitarian support to the besieged people of Gaza.

India’s campaign to curb dissent in Indian Illegally Occupied Jammu and Kashmir (IIOJK) remains in full swing. On 10th February 2024, India’s National Investigation Agency (NIA), conducted multiple raids on 15 properties of Jammat-i-Islami, Kashmir in different cities. These raids were part of an ongoing crackdown against the Kashmiri political organizations. Jamaat-i-Islami is one of the six political organizations already proscribed by India.

We urge the Indian authorities to end intimidation and persecution of the Kashmiri political activists and parties. All Kashmiri political prisoners and activists should be released and the people of Jammu and Kashmir should be able to enjoy their rights and freedom.

Pakistan will continue to extend political, diplomatic and moral support to our Kashmiri brothers and sisters for the just and peaceful settlement of the Jammu and Kashmir dispute in accordance with the UN Security Council Resolutions.

I thank you!