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Foreign Office rejects Indian allegations, offers joint investigation

ISLAMABAD: Expressing disappointment, Foreign Office Spokesperson Dr Mohammad Faisal on Friday said the reasons cited by the Indian side for the decision to cancel the meeting, slated to be held between foreign ministers of Pakistan and India in New York, were entirely unconvincing, ARY News reported.

Dr Faisal said the alleged killing of BSF soldier took place two days prior to the Indian announcement of its agreement to hold the bilateral meeting.

“Pakistan takes this opportunity to categorically reject these allegations once again and offers to conduct a joint investigation to establish the truth,” he said in a press release.

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Secondly, the postage stamps mentioned in the Indian statement were issued before July 25, 2018, elections, while the government of Prime Minister Imran Khan assumed office after, he said.

“The stamps highlight the gross and systematic human rights violations in Indian Occupied Kashmir, which were extensively documented also in a comprehensive report issued by the United Nations High Commissioner for Human Rights as late as June 2018,” said the FO spokesman.

Dr Faisal said Pakistan believed that by ill-considered cancellation of the meeting, within 24 hours of its public confirmation, India had once again wasted a serious opportunity to change the dynamics of the bilateral relationship and put the region on the path of peace and development.

He said Pakistan had always desired peaceful and good-neighbourly relations with India, on the basis of sovereign equality, mutual respect and mutual benefit.

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