US Congressmen’s letter to Antony Blinken ‘contains distorted facts’: Pakistan
- The spokesperson of the Foreign Office says that the rights of all citizens are being protected.
- Emphasizes that all measures are in accordance with the Constitution.
- Condemnation of Indian move to hold G20 meeting in disputed area.
ISLAMABAD: Pakistan on Thursday said that US congressmen shared “distorted facts” with Secretary of State Antony Bunkin, adding that all actions taken regarding the May 9 incidents were in accordance with the Constitution.
More than 60 members of US Congress Blanken was asked to put pressure on the Pakistani government to deal with the human rights situation in the country.
The letter, written by Congresswoman Alyssa Slotkin and Congressman Brian Fitzpatrick, after the tragic events of May 9 in Pakistan, during which protesters attacked military and government installations, called for “democratic marginalization and human rights violations.” “Deeply troubled by” was signed by 65 other lawmakers.
At least 10 people were killed and scores injured in deadly protests that erupted after the arrest of Pakistan Tehreek-e-Insaf (PTI) chairman Imran Khan, authorities arrested not only party leaders but also thousands of party workers.
Foreign Office Spokesperson Mumtaz Zahra Baloch said that the facts were distorted in the letter sent by the American members of Congress to Antony Blanken and said that the rights and property of all citizens are being protected in Pakistan.
All measures regarding the events of May 9 are being taken according to the constitution and laws.
G20 meeting at IIOJK
Speaking on the sidelines of the G20 Tourism Working Group meeting in Indian Illegally Occupied Jammu and Kashmir (IIOJK), Baloch said that Pakistan has not sent any letter to its missions regarding the issue.
He said that Pakistan categorically rejects all propaganda such as New Delhi’s attempt to politicize the international forum.
However, Pakistan will continue to raise the issue of Kashmir at every international forum and continue to support the struggle of Kashmiris for their rights.
“Jummu and Kashmir is an internationally recognized disputed territory. The dispute has been on the agenda of the United Nations Security Council (UNSC) for more than seven decades,” a Foreign Office spokesperson said.
He further said that holding the G20 meeting in the disputed area is treason.
“Tourism and development cannot be promoted by holding the local population hostage and denying them their rights and freedoms. By holding the G20 meeting in Srinagar, India must acknowledge its illegal occupation of IIOJK and the brutality of the Kashmiri people. Can’t hide.” .