PM Imran to visit Geneva for first ever global refugees forum


ISLAMABAD, DEC 06 (DNA) – Prime Minister Imran Khan is to visit Geneva to attend the first ever Global Refugees Forum beginning on the 17th of this month.

At his weekly news briefing in Islamabad on Friday, Foreign Office Spokesperson Dr Muhammad Faisal said the forum is being held in recognition of Pakistan s generosity, hospitality and compassion for hosting the Afghan refugees for over forty years. This is the first major meeting on the refugees of 21st century and it will be jointly hosted by the UN Refugee Agency and the government of Switzerland.

Several heads of states are expected to join Prime Minister Imran Khan as co-conveners.

The Spokesperson said on the invitation of Malaysian Prime Minister Mahathir Mohammad, Prime Minister Imran Khan will also participate in the Kuala Lumpur Summit due to take place in Kuala Lumpur from 18th to 20th of this month.

The spokesperson said Kuala Lumpur Summit is a platform to exchange views on the current challenges and to work together to address them.

He said the summit will provide Pakistan with the opportunity to exchange views and find solution to the challenges facing the Muslim world, particularly governance, development, terrorism and Islamophobia. He said the summit will also provide us an opportunity to foster cooperation in diverse areas with the participating countries.

Responding to a question, the Spokesperson said we have categorically rejected Pakistan s specific biased remarks in India-Japan joint statement of the first foreign and defense ministers meeting held on 30th November. He said those one sided remarks have nothing to do with the ground realities.

Dr Faisal said Japan is well aware of Pakistan s sacrifices in the war on terrorism. and the same were also acknowledged by the then Japanese Foreign Minister during his visit to Pakistan in January last year.

The spokesperson said Pakistan has registered its strong disappointment and concerns to the Japanese side through diplomatic channels.

He said Pakistan attaches great importance to its relations with Japan which is free from any historical baggage. He hoped Pakistan and Japan will continue to work together for advancement of shared goals for peace and development.

Voicing concerns over the situation in occupied Kashmir, Dr Muhammad Faisal said the humanitarian nightmare is worsening in the valley with continued military lockdown and complete communications blackout. This is affecting the life and property of millions of Kashmiri people who have been cut off from the rest of the world.

He urged the international community including the United Nations to take notice of the brutal suppression of the religious rights and freedoms of Kashmiri people.

Dr Faisal said India should immediately restore internet and mobile phone services, release all the prisoners and remove all the draconian laws. He said India should allow international media and human rights observers to visit Occupied Kashmir to independently observe the situation there.

Responding to a question, Dr Faisal said Kashmir is an outstanding dispute and its resolution only lies in the aspirations of Kashmiri people. He said Pakistan stands by their oppressed Kashmiri brethren and there has been no change in our Kashmir policy.=DNA