First of all under the caretaker Government Mr. Abdullah Hussain Haroon has assumed the charge of Foreign Minister on 05 June 2018.

Now let me give you a brief roundup of activities on the foreign policy front:

President Mamnoon Hussain will visit China on 09 June 2018 to attend Shanghai Cooperation Organization (SCO) summit in Qingdao, China. The President will also meet his Chinese counterpart President Xi Jinping. The President will also have sideline meetings with the leadership of SCO member countries.

We condemn Indian continued and unabated atrocities at the hands of Indian occupation forces. During last week, the Indian forces martyred seven innocent Kashmiris. On 31st May the Indian occupation forces martyred two innocent Kashmiris in a fake operation in Kupwara district. After the use of human shields, bullets and pellets India is now using new inhuman methods of crushing Kashmiri youth under heavy vehicles. It is highly condemnable that Central Reserve Police Force (CRPF) ran a jeep over Kaiser Ahmad, 24 years ol, during protests after Friday prayers who succumbed to injuries in Nowhatta area of Srinagar.

To prevent further protests, the Indian occupation forces have snapped the internet services in Srinagar and clamped curbs on the public movement. Indian atrocities in Indian occupied Jammu and Kashmir are outrightly condemned and need immediate attention of the international community and global human rights defenders. We condemn the unlawful arrest and detention of Shabbir Ahmed Shah, Masarat Alam Butt, Nayeem Ahmad Khan, Syeda Aasiya Andrabi, Fehmida Sofi and hundreds of Hurriyat leaders and activists.

In particular Mr. Shabbir Ahmad Shah is held in India’s notorious Tihar jail, which has virtually become a death trap for Kashmiri political prisoners. The solitary confinement has taken a toll on his health. He has become so frail and fragile that he is not even able to stand. He is also suffering from various acute ailments and Indian jail authorities have been denying him proper medicines and basic health facilities. The doctors have advised him instant angiography but his family’s repeated requests for his urgent treatment have been purposely ignored by the Indian authorities, much to the detriment to his health and life. This prisoner of conscience needs the attention of the international community especially the human rights defenders.

Pakistan strongly condemns the suicide attack that targeted a congregation of religious scholars in Kabul. We are grieved at the loss of precious innocent lives in this barbaric act of terrorism. We express our heartfelt sympathies and condolences to the bereaved families and pray for the early recovery of the injured. Pakistan reiterates its unequivocal condemnation of terrorism in all its forms and manifestations and expresses solidarity with the people and Government of Afghanistan in this hour of grief and sorrow.

The World Environment Day was observed on 5 June 2018. Pakistan is one of the most affected countries and is facing serious water problems. We are committed to improving our deteriorating environment and are actively cooperating with the international community for global efforts to improve the environment and mitigate the effects of climate change.

This year the theme of the World Environment Day was “Beat Plastic Pollution”. Pakistan, among the global community needs to find sustainable alternatives to plastic and urgently reduce its excessive production and usage that are continuously polluting our rivers and seas, damaging marine life and threatening human health.

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