Pakistan yet to decide on Indian invitation for NSAs meeting

Foreign Office confirms the development: Russia, China, Iran also invited by New Delhi

By: News Desk      Published: 09:36 AM, 19 Oct, 2021
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File photo of Pakistan's National Security Adviser Moeed Yusuf.

While confirming an invitation from India for a meeting of the regional national security advisers, Pakistan Foreign Office has said that it has not yet been decided whether to attend the event or not, reported 24NewsHD TV channel.

In a major but surprising development, India has invited Pakistan to a meeting of regional NSAs being convened on 10th-11th November in New Delhi to discuss the prevailing situation and the future of Afghanistan.

The Foreign Office confirmed that an invitation from Indian National Security Adviser Ajit Doval has been received, however, no decision has yet been made whether to participate in the meeting or not.

According to sources, national security advisers of Russia, China, Iran, Tajikistan and Uzbekistan were also invited to the high-level meeting in New Delhi.

A day earlier, Pakistan has strongly condemned the continuing extrajudicial killings in staged encounters and fake cordon-and-search operations, as well arbitrary detentions and crimes against humanity by Indian occupation forces in IIOJK.

The deteriorating security and human rights situation in the occupied territory is a matter of grave concern for the international community, said a statement released by the Foreign Office in Islamabad.

“We also strongly condemn India’s ongoing propaganda to malign the indigenous and just struggle of the people of IIOJK for their right to self-determination, by raising the bogey of ‘terrorism’.”

Pakistan has also been alerting the international community about India’s track record of orchestrating false-flag operations to undermine the Kashmir freedom movement, the statement said.

Equally condemnable is the RSS-BJP combine’s ploy to demonize Kashmiri Muslims, by stirring up communal tensions, it added.

Pakistan calls on India to halt its state-sponsored terrorism, refrain from propaganda against Kashmiris, lift its suffocating military siege and let the people of IIOJK exercise their right to self-determination as promised in various UN Security Council resolutions.

Reporter Zeeshan Bhatti