Chinese foreign minister to visit Pakistan soon, says FO spokesperson

Published: February 6, 2015
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Foreign office spokesperson Tasnim Aslam. PHOTO: PID

Foreign office spokesperson Tasnim Aslam. PHOTO: PID

ISLAMABAD: Foreign Office Spokesperson Tasnim Aslam said on Friday that the Chinese Foreign Minister Wang Yi will visit  Pakistan and the dates will be announced soon.

“The Chinese foreign minister is likely to visit Pakistan soon,” said Aslam during her weekly news briefing in Islamabad. She added that the exact dates of the minister’s visit will be announced once they are finalised, whereas a detailed agenda is being worked out.

“The two sides will cover an entire spectrum of bilateral relations and discuss regional issues of common interest as per our tradition and practice,” said Aslam.

She also confirmed that Chinese President Xi Jin Ping is set to visit Pakistan this year. According to sources, the Chinese foreign minister’s visit to Pakistan is a part of the preparations of Xi Jin’s visit to the country.

Speaking about India, Aslam asked the neighbouring country to honour the commitment made by its first Prime Minister Jawaharlal Nehru for the resolution of Kashmir dispute in accordance with the aspirations of Kashmiris, Radio Pakistan reported. She regretted that India, in its efforts to rewrite history, has forgotten the acknowledgement and commitment made by its Nehru in the context of Kashmir dispute.

The spokesperson added that sacrifices rendered by the Kashmiri youth for their just struggle have made it clear that they do not accept the forced union with India. “Right of Kashmiris to self-determination is also enshrined in numerous United Nations Security Council resolutions,” she said.

India, she lamented, continues to usurp this right with impunity in violation of the UN Security Council resolutions and UN charter. The spokesperson said unlike India, Pakistan’s stance on Jammu and Kashmir is based on the UN resolutions, international law and underpinned by political and moral principles.

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Reader Comments (6)

  • Aslam
    Feb 6, 2015 - 5:37PM

    Can we record her statement and ask her to leave? Whenever a “press conference” is required, the record can be played! Will help in reducin dependence on alms

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  • JSM
    Feb 6, 2015 - 5:47PM

    I assume that the lady is a member of Diplomatic Service of Pakistan. Has she read UN resolution on Kashmir? And still she talks about resolution of Kashmir dispute the way Pakistan wants.

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  • KafirMusafir
    Feb 6, 2015 - 7:49PM

    The spokeslady Tasnim Aslam has the most perfect job. Her persona fits the character and narrative of Pakistan. I must congratulate both the FO and TA. Kudos!

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  • Anjaan
    Feb 6, 2015 - 8:17PM

    While the world has moved on … new relations and foreign policies are being made around the world … Pakistani is stuck in the past like a broken record … !!

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  • Jat
    Feb 6, 2015 - 9:03PM

    Please Ms Tasnim Aslam, please read for the Pakistani public the pre-condition for the plebiscite as mentioned in the UN resolution.

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  • Jat
    Feb 6, 2015 - 9:20PM

    Ms Aslam, let me share here the very beginning of the resolution and it says:

    A – RESTORATION OF PEACE AND ORDER

    The Government of Pakistan should undertake to use its best endeavours:

    (a) To secure the withdrawal from the State of Jammu and Kashmir of tribesmen and
    Pakistani nationals not normally resident therein who have entered the State for the purposes
    of fighting, and to prevent any intrusion into the State of such elements and any furnishing of
    material aid to those fighting in the State

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