Khwaja Asif statement

Javaid Bashir

Defence Minister of Pakistan rules out talks with India due to the current situation in Kashmir. Indian Army has unleashed extreme violence, killing more than 70 Kasmiris to silence their voice for freedom. Appearing before the Standing Committee on Defence, he said, there is direct nexus between Afghan refugees and terrorists. Without proper border management, terrorism can neither be eliminated nor curtailed. We will not back out from our stand on return of Afghan refugees. Afghan President should first call back the refugees and then talk about terrorists’ enclaves. He also disclosed that US Congress has approved 100 million dollars for the “Border Management”. America has asked for more details of Afghan refugees’ movement. We appreciate American concern and the much needed funds for controlling illegal entrants across borders.
Senator Mushid presided over the Committee meeting at the Parliament House. Secretary Defence apprised the Committee members about the British Forum on Cooperation’s successful meeting where Pakistan raised Kashmir issue in most effective manner. International Community recognizes Kashmir issue and must honour its commitments to hold plebiscite in Kashmir.
Giving details about the border check posts, he told the Committee that Torkham Gate has been erected on the western border to regulate travel between the two countries. Travellers must present travel documents at the check posts. More than 800 check posts will be established on the long border. Without managing border we cannot control terrorism. Terrorists infiltrate unchecked through porous border. All persons crossing border must present complete travel documents. It is in our interest to patrol every inch of territorial borders.
It is not conducive to hold talks with India in the present situation while Indian army is brutally killing the people of Occupied Kashmir. I think no meaningful dialogue can ensue between the two nuclear states in this charged atmosphere. But we must keep the international Community informed about the precarious situation in Kashmir. Bloodshed must be stopped at all costs. It is Rude Awakening to find such atrocities openly committed by occupying forces against the people, in violation of the International laws. We condemn Indian violence against the unarmed people of Kashmir.
—Via email

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