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Pakistan wants Facebook to stop blocking posts revealing Indian atrocities

Foreign Office Spokesman Nafees Zakaria said employees of Facebook from India or other Indian nationals might be manipulating the situation thereby violating fundamental right of freedom of expression of Facebook users.

“Facebook being a neutral media should take action against such elements. Facebook and other social media should be balanced and objective in dealing with internationally recognized dispute,” he said while replying to questions at the weekly news briefing in Islamabad.

He said all options were being mulled for dealing with the situation.

The spokesman said that solution of the Jammu and Kashmir dispute lies in implementation of UN resolution envisaging holding of a free, fair and impartial plebiscite under auspices of the world body.

He said that Kashmir will remain a core issue in any dialogue with India.

Referring to the grave human rights violations in Occupied Kashmir, he said Pakistan is waiting for the international community’s condemnation. He said the world community and the UN should also call upon India to stop bloodshed and fulfill its obligations and commitments on Kashmir as per UN resolutions.

He also expressed concern over continued detention of Hurriyet leaders and demanded their early release.

To a question, he said Pakistan would take up the issue of Kashmir forcefully during next session of the UN General Assembly.

Replying another question, he said presence of around 800, 000 Indian troops in Occupied Kashmir is a clear example of forced occupation and control of the area by India against wishes of Kashmiri people.

The spokesman confirmed reports that Indian Home Minister Rajnath would be coming to Pakistan to attend SAARC Interior Ministers’ meeting. He said if bilateral meetings are scheduled on the occasion, then Pakistan would definitely raise all issues of its concern including Samjotha Express.

Asked about fate of Pak-Turk International Schools, the Foreign Office spokesman said Pakistan is looking into a solution that addresses concerns of Turkey and also safeguards interests of thousands of students.

He said many options were under consideration, one of them being that the Turkish government may suggest some entity to administer affairs of these schools.

About difficulties being faced by Pakistanis stranded in Saudi Arabia, who are not being paid salaries by their sponsors, the spokesman said Saudi King has issued a decree ordering their companies to settle their dues.



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