Imran Khan’s visits to Saudi Arabia, Iran on the cards: FO

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ISLAMABAD: The visits of the Prime Minister to the Kingdom of Saudi Arabia and the Islamic Republic of Iran are on the cards, Foreign Office spokesman Dr Mohammad Faisal confirmed on Thursday.

Speaking to media persons during his weekly press briefing, the spokesman said that he would update further as and when things unfolded.

To a question, Dr Faisal said that the 19th SAARC summit would take place in Islamabad .

“Regarding SAARC, as I have already mentioned last week that during the Informal Meeting of SAARC Council of Foreign Ministers on the sidelines of the UNGA Session, India was cornered and it could not object to the Agenda Item, which pertained to the holding of the SAARC Summit. hereafter, we are working on the dates of the Summit and will update you accordingly,” he said.

Commenting on a controversy surrounding the nomination of Maj-Gen Saad Khattak as High Commissioner to Sri Lanka, the spokesman said that the diplomatic postings are made following a well established set of procedures and practices.

Kartarpur corridor

“We have extended a formal invitation to former Prime Minister of India Mr. Manmohan Singh to attend the opening ceremony of Kartarpur Corridor on the occasion of the 550th Birth Anniversary of Baba Guru Nanak. Decisions on other invitations are yet to be taken and we will update you in due course.”

“Let me also reiterate that Kartarpur Saheb project is expected to be completed on time and the opening will take place as committed by the Prime Minister of Pakistan.”

Kashmir crisis

He said Pakistan will use each and every avenue to highlight the Indian atrocities in the Indian occupied Jammu & Kashmir.

“In this regard, President Trump had already offered mediation. The issue was also raised in the Human Rights Council, OIC and UNSC. In addition, the OIC Contact Group also issued a detailed Joint Communiqué demanding that India should lift the curfew and stop the gross human rights violations in the Indian Occupied Jammu & Kashmir. This is a consistent and ongoing process. Pakistan will continue to support the cause of Jammu & Kashmir and we continue to stand with the people of Jammu &Kashmir.”

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