Doors of educational institutions open for Kashmiri students: FO

Islamabad: Pakistan has said its hearts and doors of its educational institutions are open for Kashmiri students expelled from Indian University. Foreign Office Spokesperson Tasnim Aslam during her weekly press briefing Thursday said‚ it is unfortunate‚ if the Kashmiri students celebrating Pakistan Cricket Team’s victory are charged with sedition.

She said Pakistan will welcome all these students in its educational institutions if they want to complete their studies. It is worth noticing that 67 Kashmiri students of Meerut’s Swami Vivekanand Subharti University had been suspended when they were cheering Pakistan’s Cricket Team’s victory against India during Sunday’s Asia Cup match.

Indian media now have also reported that these students have been charged with treason and sedition under Section 124-A‚ 153-A and 427. Regarding meeting of Pakistan-India on LoC trade held in New Delhi‚ she said it was constructive meeting.

She said Pakistani side demanded the release of detained driver because without his release‚ the investigations into the allegations levelled against him cannot move forward. On Pakistan-China defence cooperation‚ Tasnim Aslam said China is our strategic partner and our cooperation in this sector should be seen in the context of regional situation.
Referring to India as the largest arms buyer in the world‚ she said Pakistan does not want to indulge in arms race‚ however‚ we have to maintain the minimum level of symmetry for the sake of stability and peace in the region‚ she added.

On Pakistan-Saudi Arabia ties‚ she said Pakistan imparts training to Saudi armed forces personnel.

She said Pakistan would be interested to sell its JF-17 Thunder‚ Mushaks and other training aircraft to Saudi Arabia. However‚ she said certain international guidelines and UN sanctions need to be followed in this regard.

To a question regarding Afghanistan‚ Tasnim Aslam said Pakistan hopes there will be no civil war after the withdrawal of foreign troops from that country.

She said in case of civil war‚ Pakistan will face repercussions. She said Pakistan is in contact with Afghan authorities on border securities and effective management of western border.

She reiterated Pakistan’s support for Afghan-led and Afghan-owned reconciliation and peace process and said we want peace and stability in Afghanistan‚ and culmination of terrorism from the region.

She said Pakistan believes that after Presidential elections in Afghanistan‚ national reconciliatory efforts will continue.

About remarks attributed to the Prime Minister to the media that some foreign agencies‚ especially RAW‚ are involved in Islamabad tragedy‚ Tasnim Aslam termed such reports as incorrect.

Responding to a question on Ukraine‚ the spokesperson said talks and diplomacy will be the only option to calm down the situation. She hoped that the issue will be resolved through peaceful means.

To a question regarding GCC‚ she said Pakistan enjoys good relations with all gulf countries.

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