We reject hosting G-20 Tourism working group meeting in Srinagar: FO


We reject hosting G-20 Tourism Working Group meeting by India in Srinagar as holding the session in disputed territory by India is deceit with Kashmiris.

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

She went on to say Pakistan will continue to highlight Kashmir issue on every forum. Pakistan will continue to support the ongoing struggle of Kashmiris for their right to self determination.
The tourism and development is next to impossible by taking the local population into custody, she added.
She held foreign minister Bilawal Bhutto Zardari addressed Azad Kashmir legislative assembly on May 22.
India is enacting drama of normalcy in situation in Occupied Kashmir, she underlined.
Mumtaz Zahra Baloch said India should instead provide unhindered access to the international media and independent human rights organizations to report on the situation in IIOJK.

She underlined Pakistan is grateful to China, Saudi Arabia, Turkey, Egypt and Amman for not attending G-20 meeting.
Foreign minister of Belarus will undertake two days visit of Pakistan from May 30, she pointed out. Foreign ministers of Pakistan and Belarus had met earlier in 77th session of UN General Assembly.
She said Foreign Minister Bilawal Bhutto Zardari and the Foreign Minister of Belarus will hold wide ranging talks covering a range of topics of bilateral interest
The spokesperson said Foreign Secretary Asad Majeed Khan will travel to Azerbaijan and Georgia from 31st of this month to hold bilateral political consultations.
Pakistan and Georgia will sign important Memorandum of understandings in defence sector.

She underlined that the facts given in US Congress letter are not correct. The rights and properties of all citizens in Pakistan are being protected.
All the steps and action with reference to May 09 incidents are being taken as per law and constitution.

Pakistan welcomes the improvement in relations between Saudi Arabia and Iran, she added. Stable relations between Pakistan and friendly countries open new avenues of development.
Referring to denial of visas by India to Pakistan cricket blind team she said the sports should not be politicized. But India always plays politics in sports too. India had denied visas to Pakistan cricket blind team.