Envoys conference starts today

IOK atrocities, Afghan issue to top agenda

Sophia Siddiqui

Islamabad—A 3-day envoys conference is starting today, Monday, at the Ministry of Foreign Affairs to discuss some important developments taking place in the region with particular reference to the killing spree unleashed by Indian troops in Occupied Kashmir and tense relations with Afghanistan.
Nine envoys of Pakistan accredited to various capitals and multilateral organisations have been invited to participate. Adviser on Foreign Affairs Sartaj Aziz will inaugurate the moot while Prime Minister Muhammad Nawaz Sharif, will hair the concluding session during which he will be briefed on the outcome and he will share his vision of foreign policy.
The envoys who have been invited are Ambassador Jalil Abbas Jilani from the United States, Ambassador Masood Khalid from Beijing, High Commissioner Abdul Basit from New Delhi, Ambassador Maleeha Lodhi from the United Nations, Ambassador Ayesha Riyaz from Veinna, Ambassador Naghmana Hashmi from Brussels, Ambassador Abrar Hussain from Afghanistan, Ambassador Tehmina Janjua (UN/Geneva) and Ambassador Qazi Khalilullah from Russia.
At the conference, the Prime Minister will enunciate his vision for regional and global peace, Pakistan’s outreach to its neighbouring countries for regional stability and development, Prime Minister’s commitment and endeavours for putting the country on progressive and development path and engaging regional countries and international leadership for capitalizing the investment potential of Pakistan.
The Prime Minister will also elaborate his vision and milestones for making Pakistan energy self sufficient through diversification of energy mix. The Prime Minister will also highlight his peace initiatives in the context of unfolding political events at regional as well as international level.
The Prime Minister will throw light on Pakistan’s future policy initiatives to significantly improve Pakistan’s exports and provision of an enabling environment to Pakistani diaspora so that they can contribute in the socio-economic uplift of the country as well as further improving the progressive and enlightened image of Pakistan in their respective countries.
The Prime Minister will be directing the participating envoys to renew their efforts and work with devotion to sensitise the leadership as well as diverse communities of their respective countries of accreditation about all these developments and quests that are unique in our country’s history.
The Prime Minister will be entrusting the responsibilities on the envoys to effectively project the peaceful, progressive, economically vibrant and a responsible posture of Pakistan in light of the emerging scenario in the country under his vision that has already started yielding dividends socially, economically and politically.
The envoys conference is a regular feature in which Pakistan’s representatives in various regions brief the government on important developments in their respective areas of accreditation, and challenges and opportunities arising out of such developments.
The envoys will also present their recommendations regarding existing foreign policy with a view to review, adapt and recalibrate policy in accordance with the prevalent strategic, political and economic trends. Last year’s envoys conference had focussed on connectivity, and regional issues and developments.
The sources said that such conferences are summoned on important issues in which the ambassadors give their assessment of the situation and present the way forward.
The conference is being held in the wake of breakout of violence triggered by the martyrdom of Burhan Wani at the hands of Indian troops in occupied Kashmir. In their continued acts of brutalities, the Indian troops have martyred several innocent Kashmiri civilians while leaving thousands of others injured.
Pakistan has voiced serious concern over the brutal killings of civilians and violation of their other fundamental rights by India’s security forces and has decided to approach the UN Human Rights Council to investigate human rights violations and the recent wave of violence against civilians in India-held Kashmir.
The unrest in Kashmir has also sparked diplomatic spat between Pakistan and India. Therefore, the holding of conference of ambassadors at this time carries special significance. Pakistan has already briefed ambassadors of major powers in Islamabad about the latest situation in Occupied Kashmir. Pakistan impressed upon them to take notice of the deteriorating situation in the violence wrecked valley.
Informed sources said that the ambassadors will give their viewpoint as to how the matter of human rights violations in occupied Kashmir is taken up effectively at different international fora. The strategy will be firmed up on the basis of the envoys’ suggestions in order to expose the Indian atrocities at world level.
The growing Indian interference in Pakistan as well as the arrest of RAWs agents in Pakistan will also come up for discussion during the conference.
The sources said that recent tension in relations with Afghanistan especially the clashes between the security forces of two countries on construction of gate at Torkham border will also be a topic of discussion.

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