Pakistan on journey towards consolidation of democracy: FO

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ISLAMABAD: The Foreign Office has said that Pakistan is witnessing a continuous journey towards consolidation of democracy with the completion of two democratically elected tenures and transitioning the next.
Foreign Office Spokesperson Dr. Muhammad Faisal while addressing the weekly briefing in Islamabad today said international election observers from Commonwealth and the European Union have expressed satisfaction on the conduct of elections.
Turning to situation in Occupied Kashmir, the Foreign Office spokesperson said the human rights situation in Indian held Jammu and Kashmir reflects the unabated use of force, oppression, and mass killings by occupying forces of innocent and defenseless Kashmiris.
He said Indian troops in unabated acts of state terrorism, martyred twenty one Kashmiris during the last month. Over three hundred Kashmiris were also critically injured, when Indian police and paramilitary personnel used brute force and fired pellet guns and teargas shells against peaceful demonstrators during the same period. Foreign Office spokesperson expressed deep worry and concern over the unhygienic conditions provided in Central Jail of Srinagar and District Jail in Rajouri, where a number of so-called political prisoners have been packed beyond capacity. He urged the international community to take notice of all these injustices.
Foreign Office spokesperson said Afghanistan and Pakistan in their inaugural meetings of the five Working Groups under the Afghanistan and Pakistan Action Plan for Peace and Solidarity in Kabul assessed prospects in all areas of mutual interest, including counter terrorism & security, peace and reconciliation, bilateral trade and transit, connectivity, Afghan refugees’ repatriation and promoting people to people contacts. He condemned the terrorist attack outside Hamid Karzai International airport in Kabul on last month resulting in the loss of several innocent lives and injuring many others.

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