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Pakistan concerned over rights violations in occupied Kashmir

ISLAMABAD: Pakistan on Thursday expressed serious concerns over violations of human rights in Indian-occupied Kashmir and called for resolving the issue in light of United Nations (UN) resolutions, ARY News reported.

Speaking at a weekly press briefing, the Foreign Office spokesperson Tasneem Aslam said that Pakistan has differences with India regarding cases put up against Kashmiri leaders and it will continue to support the people of Kashmir morally, politically and on diplomatic level.

“We took up the Srinagar issue on appropriate forum, while human rights violations are continued in Indian-occupied Kashmir,” she added. “Indian torture on peaceful protesters is illegal.”

She also declared hike in Indian defense budget to be ‘harmful’ for the region.

The FO spokesperson told that Saudi Minister for Religious Affairs, Sheikh Saleh bin Abdulaziz arrived Pakistan on a routine visit, for which he was invited by his Pakistani counterpart, while the delegation headed by Punjab CM Shahbaz Sharif will return to country tonight.

Ms Aslam said that the government is also reviewing the matter of 11 Pakistanis serving sentence at Yemen prisons.

Moreover, she said that the Foreign Office does not respond to tweets and that there was no official statement issued by the United Arab Emirates.

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