No change in policy on ‘Kashmir dispute’: Pakistan

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Pakistan on Friday said that there has been no change in the country’s policy on the “Kashmir dispute” and reiterated that “gross human rights violations” in the Valley “are a matter of deep concern”.

Zahid Hafeez Chaudhri, the Foreign Office spokesperson said: “There is no change in Pakistan’s principled and long-held position on the Jammu and Kashmir dispute.” He was talking about the fresh reiteration by directors general of military operations (DGMOs) of the two countries on the ceasefire agreement, reported Dawn.

As per the report, the government of Pakistan had earlier dictated conditions for engaging with India, which included the restoration of the pre-August 2019 status quo in Jammu and Kashmir and “the end of human rights violations against the people of Kashmir”.

“We have been repeatedly saying that gross human rights violations in India and IIOJK are a matter of deep concern,” said Hafeez. “The focus of the talks of DGMOs was de-escalation along the Line of Control as per the agreed mechanisms and understandings.”

He recalled that Pakistan had continuously emphasized the need for observing the 2003 ceasefire understanding in letter and in spirit for maintaining peace along the Line of Control.

“We have also maintained that escalation along the Line of Control is a threat to regional peace and security,” said Hafeez.

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