NZ High Commissioner expresses sympathy with Kashmir

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KARACHI: New Zealand High Commissioner to Pakistan, Hamish Mac Master, expressed sympathy with Kashmir on Thursday — saying they are constantly trying to deescalate the situation.

“New Zealand is constantly trying to deescalate this situation. We usually keep away from territorial conflicts but we wish that Kashmir issue should be solved very soon as we also have Kashmiri community there in New Zealand,” the NZ envoy said.

Mr Master was speaking at a dialogue hosted by the Karachi Council on Foreign Relations (KCFR)  at a local hotel in the metropolis.

The high commissioner also recalled the Christchurch tragedy which caused numerous deaths including nine Pakistanis, terming it the darkest day in the history of New Zealand.

“Following these attacks, our prime minister [Jacina Ardern] expressed her deep sympathy with affectees and we immediately banned such weapons,” he said.

He added that the Prime Minister of Pakistan also gave a call to our prime minister and expressed his country’s solidarity for which we are very thankful to Pakistan and the Pakistanis.

NZ High Commissioner recalled how the incident shook the whole world and New Zealand in particular. “We are shocked and grieved. Our prime minister immediately responded in a way which was admired by everyone in the world”, he said.

In his concluding address, Ikram Sehgal, Chairman KCFR lauded the role of New Zealand for peace and said that way of sympathizing Christ Church victims by the Prime Minister of New Zealand was applauded by everyone. We appreciate her gestures, he added.

The dialogue was moderated by Commodore Retd. Sadeed A. Malik, Secretary General KCFR. It was attended by Ikram Sehgal, Chairman KCFR, Lieut. Gen. Retd. Moinuddin Haider, Moin Fudda, spouse of High Commissioner, members of Board of Governors KCFR and other dignitaries in large number.