ISLAMABAD: The Foreign Office on Thursday condemned the US Senate’s report on Central Intelligence Agency (CIA) torture of detainees and said steps taken for countering terrorism must be transparent.
“Pakistan deplores the Senate report on CIA torture of detainees. It is [a] violation of international laws. Human rights laws must be respected,” said spokeswoman Tasneem Aslam, during the foreign office’s weekly briefing in Islamabad.
“Although there are no specific nationalities mentioned; however, we have noted that the US government has assured that this would not occur again.”
The US Senate Intelligence Committee released a report on Tuesday on the CIA’s use of torture for coercing information from terror suspects after the attacks of Sept 11, 2001.
Pakistan on Thursday, appreciating the mediation offer of Secretary General United Nations Ban ki Moon to resolve Kashmir issue between Pakistan and India, said solution of this core issue will ensure peace, progress and prosperity in the region.
Foreign Office Spokesperson Tasnim Aslam in her weekly briefing here Thursday said Kashmir was an unresolved issue and, “its just resolution was of paramount importance for ensuring peace, stability and development in the region.”
She deeply appreciated the statement of UN Secretary General to associate people of Jammu and Kashmir in the process. The spokesperson said Pakistan firmly believed that the final
resolution of the issue should be in accordance with the wishes of the Kashmiri people to be determined through free and impartial plebiscite under UN auspices as enshrined in the relevant resolutions.
The spokesperson said the issue of Jammu and Kashmir is already on the agenda of United Nations Security Council and the Secretary General’s offer to mediate to find a lasting solution to the issue will be very helpful.
The spokesperson said United Nations through its military observers had the presence across Line of Control that indicate that UN had already its role and the Secretary General of UN will be able
to play its due role in an effective manner.
The spokesperson said that Pakistan is committed to sustained,
unconditional and result oriented dialogue with India to discuss all
outstanding issues including the core issue of Jammu and Kashmir.
Replying to a question, the spokesperson said UN remained
involved in Jammu and Kashmir as it is on the Security Council
agenda. She said relevant UN resolutions which were accepted by
India as well, are still applicable.
Pakistan strongly condemned the killing of Palestinian Cabinet
Minister by Israeli forces yesterday.
The spokesperson said this is an unprecedented act of
barbarism. She said continued killing of the people of Palestine
must come to an end.
She said, “Pakistan expects the UN, OIC and international
community to play their due role in finding an end to killing of the
people of Palestine.”
She said an independent viable state of Palestine with Al-Quds
as its capital is the only way to guarantee lasting peace and
stability in the region.
Tasnim Aslam said Advisor on Foreign Affairs and National
Security Sartaj Aziz will lead Pakistan’s delegation in Heads of
Government meeting of Shanghai Cooperation Organization being held
in Asthana, Kazakhstan, on 14th and 15th of this month.
She said as an observer, Pakistan has been making contribution
towards regional peace and security effectively.
The spokesperson said matter relating to Pakistan’s full
membership to the organization is under active consideration of SCO
members and expressed the hope that with full member Pakistan will
be able to play more active role in SCO.
She said the Advisor will also hold bilateral meetings on the
sidelines of the SCO summit.
Replying to a question regarding report of CIA torture on
prisoners, she said Pakistan deplored the systematic torture to
detainees by CIA. She said US Senate Committee report re-enforced
what Pakistan had said all along that international humanitarian law
must be respected while encountering international terrorism.
The spokesperson said Pakistan has emphasized the need for
transparency in investigation by all the countries.
She also referred to assurances held out by US administration
at the highest level that this behaviour would never be repeated.
Replying to a question regarding award of Nobel Peace Prize to
Malala Yousafzai, the foreign office spokesperson said,”We are proud
of her and that pride has been expressed at every level.”
As regards threats to her life, she said, “Due to the
developments in our region and neighbourhood over the last thirty
years, unfortunately all of us face some threats.”
The spokesperson said the country would overcome these
Replying to a question about Indian criticism on development
projects in Kashmir, the spokesperson said development projects are
for the welfare of the Kashmiris adding “we will go ahead with these
She however said India is also working on a number of
development projects in Occupied Kashmir and Pakistan did not object
to any project which is meant for the betterment and welfare of
While condemning recent terrorist attack in Afghanistan, the
spokesperson said Pakistan always condemned all such terrorist
She said Pakistan has allocated dollar 500 million for various
development projects that include construction of roads, schools and
hospitals and other such projects.
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