Speaker National Assembly Asad Qaiser has called upon the international community to assert diplomatic pressure on the India to end oppression against the innocent Kashmiri people. He said that 64-days long lockdown in the Kashmir valley had turned it into a largest human jail depriving innocent Kashmiris of the basic necessities, medical treatment and means of communication.
The Speaker said this while in separate meetings with Ambassadors of Japan and Portugal who called on him in Parliament House on Tuesday.
Talking to Ambassador of Japan Kuninori Matsuda, the Speaker said that oppressive regime had put entire valley into siege and people were subjected to worst human rights abuses. He stressed for Japanese support in that regard. Asad Qaiser said that Pakistan values its historic relationship with Japan and wanted to further diversify it through enhancing parliamentary and economic cooperation. He said that both the countries could collaborate in diverse sectors especially tourism sector.
He said that Pakistan houses ancient Ghandara civilization which was greatly revered by Japanese people. He also asked the Japanese Ambassador to arrange interaction between business communities of either side to explore opportunities for future cooperation. He also thanked Japanese support for infrastructure development and social uplift in Pakistan.
Japanese Ambassador Kuninori Matsuda said that his government also attached immense importance to its relations with Pakistan and wanted their further intensification through enhancing parliamentary and economic cooperation. He assured the Speaker that his government was keenly observing the tension in the region and strongly supports stance of Pakistan on resolution of Kashmir issue in accordance with UN Resolutions and aspiration of Kashmiri people.
The Ambassador informed that Japanese investors were pondering to invest in automobile and power sectors. Expressing his interest in Ghandara civilization, he said that Japan was planning to hold an exhibition on Ghandara civilization in year 2022 in Japan to mark 70 years of Japan-Pakistan diplomatic relations. He said that tourism sector in Pakistan had been developed and Japanese tourists were keen to visit Pakistan.