Occupation authorities continued to slap restrictions on religious freedom of Kashmiris during holy month of Ramazan: FO

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ISLAMBABAD : Pakistan has said the Occupation Indian authorities have continued to slap restrictions on religious freedom of Kashmiris during holy month of Ramadan in Indian Illegally Occupied Jammu and Kashmir (IIOJK).

This was said by Foreign Office (FO) Spokesperson Mumtaz Zahra Baloch in weekly press briefing here Thursday.

The Occupation Indian authorities stopped Kashmiris from offering Jumma prayers at Srinagar Jamia Masjid last week, she added.
The heavy contingent of occupation Indian forces was deployed around the mosques on 27th of Ramadan.
She held restrictions on Kashmiris prevent them from practicing their religion freely. These restrictions should be lifted forthwith.
She held Pakistan will continue to raise voice against grave human rights violations in Occupied Kashmir.
Pakistan wants just and peaceful resolution of Kashmir issue in line with resolutions of UN Security Council.

She reiterated Pakistan will continue its political, diplomatic and moral support to Kashmiri brothers and sisters.
She held Pakistan’s Head of Mission in Afghanistan, Ambassador Ubaid Nizamani has returned to Kabul and resumed his responsibilities. This was made possible after close consultation with the Afghan Interim Government.

She stated Foreign Minister Bilawal Bhutto Zardari will be leading the Pakistan delegation to the Shanghai Cooperation Organization (SCO) Council of Foreign Ministers (CFM) being held on 4-5 May 2023 in Goa, India.

The Foreign Minister is attending the SCO CFM meeting at the invitation of the current Chair of SCO CFM, Dr. S. Jaishankar, Minister for External Affairs of the Republic of India.

Our participation in the meeting reflects Pakistan’s commitment to the SCO Charter and processes and the importance that Pakistan accords to the region in its foreign policy priorities.

Foreign Minister Bilawal Bhutto Zardari had also attended the last meeting of the Council of Foreign Ministers held in July last year in Tashkent.

She remarked Pakistan continues to participate in SCO meetings in keeping with our long-standing commitment to SCO. Federal Minister for Climate Change, Ms. Sherry Rehman represented Pakistan at the 4th SCO Meeting of Heads of Ministries on Environmental Protection. The meeting was held in online format in New Delhi on 18th April 2023.

She added we continue to follow the worrying developments in Sudan and are closely monitoring the safety and security of the Pakistani community there. Our Embassy in Sudan remains in close and constant contact with our community and will continue to facilitate them. The well-being of Pakistanis remains a key priority of the Government of Pakistan and the Ministry of Foreign Affairs.