Pakistan ‘apprises’ China about ‘grave’ humanitarian situation in Kashmir
Pakistan “apprised” China about the “grave” humanitarian situation in Kashmir and hoped the global community will play its role in calling on India to put an end to the “blatant” rights violations in the valley.world Updated: Nov 21, 2016 22:53 IST
Pakistan on Monday “apprised” China about the “grave” humanitarian situation in Kashmir and hoped the global community will play its role in calling on India to put an end to the “blatant” rights violations in the valley.
The issue was discussed between foreign secretary Aizaz Ahmad Chaudhry and chinese assistant foreign minister Kong Xuanyou, who is on a two-day visit to Pakistan.
During the bilateral meeting, the $ 46-billion China-Pakistan Economic Corridor (CPEC) and regional and global issues of mutual concern were discussed, the foreign office said.
Chaudhry apprised Kong of “the grave humanitarian situation” in Kashmir. “He expressed the hope that the international community would play its role in calling on India to put an end to blatant human rights violations in the valley,” it said.
The two sides agreed to remain engaged and strengthen cooperation for the mutual benefit of the two countries.
Chaudhry also briefed Kong on the latest situation in Afghanistan. He underscored the imperatives of reaching a sustainable and lasting peace in Afghanistan through reconciliation and dialogue, it said.
The two sides agreed that the international community should remain engaged with Afghanistan, especially through the Quadrilateral Consultative Group (QCG) in support of an Afghan-led and Afghan-owned political reconciliation.
Kong briefed Chaudhry “noted” that timely completion of CPEC’s early-harvest projects would significantly uplift of the region and improve regional connectivity.
The Chinese official also called on Pakistan Prime Minister’s adviser on Foreign Affairs, Sartaj Aziz.
Aziz underscored the importance that Pakistan attaches to its ties with China and called for regular high-level exchanges.
Kong thanked Pakistan for its consistent and strong support on issues of vital interest to China. He also reaffirmed China’s continued support to Pakistan’s sovereignty, independence and territorial integrity.
Acknowledging the sacrifices rendered by Pakistan in fighting terrorism and extremism, he assured China’s full support against these menaces.