Pakistan facilitated Saudia-Iran communication, Foreign Office

BJP leader’s anti-Islam statement worrisome, no country or financial institution on agenda in nuclear matters, says Mumtaz Zahra

The Foreign Office asserted that Pakistan had helped to facilitate the communication between Saudi Arabia and Iran.

“It is apparent that this [Saudi-Iran] agreement is a consequence of the mediation efforts of China and the productive conversations that took it enabled and the two parties were able to overcome their issues,” Foreign Office spokesman Mumtaz Zahra Baloch told a weekly news conference.

“We applaud this change. Pakistan, along with a number of other nations that are allies of both Iran and Saudi Arabia, contributed to the dialogue’s facilitation, she continued.

The spokeswoman noted that the two foreign ministers’ initial encounter had taken place in Islamabad on the margins of an OIC gathering in this context. Nonetheless, she said, “we do not want to detract from China’s role in this most recent deal between Iran and Saudi Arabia on normalizing relations and we applaud them for their successful diplomatic efforts.

Mumtaz Zahra Baloch said, “We think that this diplomatic achievement will advance peace and stability both inside the area and outside of it. We hope that this normalization would provide a model for peace and tranquility in the area.”

The Foreign Office spokesperson said that India was continuously involved in human rights violations in Kashmir. She further added that the anti-Islam statement by the BJP leader in India was worrisome. “No country or financial institution is on the agenda with Pakistan in nuclear matters,” Mumtaz Zahra asserted.

In this connection, she also denounced the recent statements made by K.S. Eshwarappa, a BJP politician and Karnataka’s deputy chief minister.

“These words are simply another example of the increasing Islamophobia in India. Pakistan is extremely worried about the frightening rise in communal violence and anti-Muslim sentiment in India, where Muslims are routinely marginalized and denigrated due to their faith. We demand that India act right now to protect minorities’ safety, security, and well-being and to grant them the freedom to declare and live out their religion in peace.

The Foreign Office spokesperson cleared that there is no agenda with any country or financial institution in nuclear matters, and all talks related to nuclear are contrary to the facts.

In response to a query on a PTI leader’s critical tweet regarding relations between Pakistan and China, she stated that Islamabad’s links with Beijing date back many years.

In response to a query, the spokesman stated that Pakistan has continued to demand security for Saudi Arabia and all of its allies as well as peace in the region.

She emphasized that Pakistan and China were “all-weather strategic cooperating partners” when asked to comment on claims that Beijing had demanded payments from Pakistan for the Chinese independent power plants erected under the CPEC.

The spokesperson expressed Pakistan’s deep concern over the rise in racism, xenophobia, and violence across the globe that is being driven by Islamophobia and manifesting itself in acts such as the stigmatization of Muslims, the desecration of Islamic symbols and holy sites, the enactment of discriminatory laws and policies, the prohibition of the hijab and attacks on mosques.

She stated that the increased number of hate crimes committed against Muslims including the burning of the holy Quran in Europe worried Pakistan as well. “We demand the promotion of global discourse to advance a culture of peace and tolerance and to raise awareness to combat Islamophobia,” she said.

“We demand the promotion of global discourse to advance a culture of peace and tolerance and to raise awareness to combat Islamophobia,” the statement reads.


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