Pakistan expresses solidarity with Saudi Arabia

By: News Desk      Published: 05:27 PM, 15 Sep, 2020
Pakistan expresses solidarity with Saudi Arabia

Pakistan strongly condemned the recent missile and drone strikes by Houthis on the Kingdom of Saudi Arabia, which is a violation of the Kingdom's sovereignty and territorial integrity. 

“We commend how Saudi Arabia's successful defensive actions prevented the loss of many innocent civilian lives. Pakistan expresses full solidarity with Saudi Arabia and supports the Kingdom's right to defend itself against aggression,” the Pakistan Foreign Office Spokesperson said in a statement issued on Tuesday.

Pakistan has consistently urged all parties to the conflict in Yemen to engage in a meaningful and peaceful dialogue to end the hostilities, in line with the UN Security Council Resolution 2216. “In this regard, we appreciate the positive step taken by the Coalition to Restore Legitimacy in Yemen, when it unilaterally declared ceasefire earlier this year. It is, however, regrettable that this step was not reciprocated positively,” the statement reads.

Pakistan expressed deep concern at the recent escalation of conflict in Yemen, as the city of Marib is threatened by the Houthi militias. 

The Spokesperson said, “We believe that if military conflict engulfs Marib, it will result in a serious humanitarian catastrophe. This will further compound the existing precarious humanitarian situation in the country that has already seen countless deaths and injuries, and millions displaced.”

Pakistan urged all parties to the conflict in Yemen, in particular the Houthis, to cease military actions, engage in a serious dialogue to end the conflict on the basis of the relevant UN Security Council resolutions, and respond positively to the proposals made by Martin Griffith, the United Nation's Special Envoy to Yemen.

Pakistan believed that war serves no purpose, and all issues can be resolved through peaceful dialogue and adopting this path early will save thousands of innocent lives, as well as the future of the Yemeni people.

Pakistan in UN raises India’s violations in Held Valley 

Addressing the UN Human Rights Council today, Ambassador Khalil Hashmi, Pakistan Permanent Representative to the UN, said that the human rights crisis in Indian illegally occupied Jammu & Kashmir (IIOJ&K) meets any objective criteria for action by the international community.

Ambassador Hashmi voiced Pakistan’s serious concerns over the accelerated demographic engineering by India under the COVID cover, aimed at depriving Kashmiris of their inalienable right to self-determination, the FO Spokesperson said that.

He drew attention towards continued and multiple violations in IIOJ&K by world’s so-called largest democracy with full impunity through draconian laws, as highlighted by the UN High Commissioner for Human Rights in her oral update to the Council, UN Special Procedures, civil society and global media.

Ambassador Hashmi noted that silence and lack of accountability will incentivize India to commit further repression against Kashmiri civilians and its continued defiance of international law and norms

He called on the Council to pay heed to independent voices of extreme concern on Indian atrocities in IIOJ&K and seek implementation of recommendations made by civil society, UN independent human rights experts and those contained in the UN Kashmir reports.

Ambassador also urged the High Commissioner to continue the Kashmir monitoring and reporting process, based on human rights merits and the objective criteria.