Pakistan concerned over suppression of minorities in India, people of IIOJK: FO

Islamabad, December 29 (KMS): Foreign Office Spokesperson Mumtaz Zahra Baloch has said that suppression of minorities in India and the people of Indian illegally occupied Jammu and Kashmir by the Indian authorities is a matter of great concern for Pakistan.

Addressing media briefing in Islamabad today (Thursday), the Foreign Office Spokesperson said bilateral relations between Pakistan and India cannot fully normalize without the resolution of the outstanding disputes, especially the core issue of Jammu and Kashmir. She maintained that Pakistan will continue to make all possible efforts for the settlement of Jammu and Kashmir dispute in accordance with the relevant UN Security Council resolutions.

Mumtaz Zahra Baloch said, Pakistan continues to pursue a policy of peaceful neighborhood, based on mutual respect and sovereign equality, with all countries of South Asia region. She, however, said a Hindutva inspired nationalist government in India continues to act as a regional bully and create hurdles in development of normal bilateral relations.

Responding to a question, the Spokesperson said Islamabad wants India to end its suppression in IIOJK and desist from supporting terrorist activities inside Pakistan. She said Pakistan is interested in peace and dialogue and it is upto the Indian authorities to take a responsible position to improve relations.

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