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Pakistan rejects Indian allegations of “incitement” of Sikh pilgrims

Islamabad, April 17, 2018 (PPI-OT): Pakistan categorically rejects Indian allegations of “attempts to incite Indian pilgrims” on the issue of ‘Khalistan.’ By spreading such falsehoods, India has chosen to deliberately stoke further controversy around the visit of Sikh pilgrims, currently attending the Baisakhi and Khalsa Janamdin ceremonies in Pakistan.

Pakistan welcomes Hindu and Sikh pilgrims from all over the world, including India. As always, Pakistani authorities have made arrangements to extend maximum facilitation to the visiting Sikh Yatrees. The members of the Sikh community appreciate the assistance and cooperation extended to them during their visits to sacred places in Pakistan.

The Sikh community has been protesting against the Government of India for screening a controversial movie in India, which hurt their religious sentiments. These protests had started in India and other parts of the world before the Sikh Yatrees arrived in Pakistan.

In view of the charged situation and the explicit refusal of the Sikh Yatrees to meet Indian officials, the Indian High Commissioner cancelled his visit on 14 April 2018. Indian attempts to distort the truth and obfuscate facts are unethical and regrettable. It is ironic that the country whose highest officials are on record for statements against the territorial integrity and sovereignty of Pakistan choose to indulge in blatant hypocrisy by twisting facts.

We remain committed to continuing such cooperation, which is in line with our religious ethos, traditions of hospitality, and provisions of the 1974 Protocol on Visits to Religious Shrines. No amount of Indian propaganda could succeed in turning this right into a wrong. The Government of India should respect international and inter-state norms, respect all religions, especially minorities, and refrain from indulging in pointless provocation which only vitiates an already charged environment to the detriment of all.

For more information, contact:
Spokesman
Ministry of Foreign Affairs
Government of Pakistan
Tell: +92-51-9205494
Fax: +92-51-9204202
Cell: +92-336-5644459
Website: www.mofa.gov.pk

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Pakistan re-elected to the United Nations Committee on Non-Governmental Organizations and to the Executive Board of United Nations Children’s Fund

Islamabad, April 17, 2018 (PPI-OT): Pakistan was re-elected today to the Committee on Non-Governmental Organizations (CNGO) for the term 2019-22, during elections held in New York. Pakistan was one of the four countries elected to this important body in a contested election within the Asia Pacific region.

This election is a strong reaffirmation by the international community of both, Pakistan’s strong credentials within the multilateral arena and a strong vote of confidence in Pakistan’s substantial contribution to the work of CNGO at the UN and beyond. This win is also an endorsement of Pakistan’s constructive leadership in this important area and its role as an ardent advocate of dialogue and cooperation.

Since its establishment, Pakistan has served on the Committee on various occasions and has been a continuous member of the Committee for over a decade. During this period, Pakistan has led the Committee as its Chair and Vice-chair on various occasions.

Pakistan will continue to proactively engage with the Committee members, prospective non-governmental organizations and with other relevant stakeholders. In doing so, Pakistan will continue to call for adherence to the principles of impartiality, dialogue and cooperation that should guide the work of this Committee.

Pakistan was also successfully elected, today, to the Executive Board of United Nations Children’s Fund (UNICEF) in another substantiation and recognition of the strong credentials of Pakistan within the multilateral system.

For more information, contact:
Spokesman
Ministry of Foreign Affairs
Government of Pakistan
Tell: +92-51-9205494
Fax: +92-51-9204202
Cell: +92-336-5644459
Website: www.mofa.gov.pk

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Prime Minister approves Road Safety Syllabus

Islamabad, April 16, 2018 (PPI-OT): Prime Minister has approved Road Safety Syllabus on the request of Motorway Police. According to Motorway Police Spokesperson Mehmood Ali Khokhar, in the first phase, syllabus has been prepared from grade one to five...

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President and Prime Minister’s condolence messages to their Algerian counterparts over the loss of lives in a tragic plane crash in Algeria

Islamabad, April 13, 2018 (PPI-OT): Message from President of Pakistan

“I was deeply grieved to learn about the unfortunate plane crash near Boufarik Airbase, which claimed more than 250 precious lives. In this hour of loss and bereavement, the people of Pakistan stand with their Algerian brothers and convey heartfelt condolences and sympathies to the Government of the People’s Democratic Republic of Algeria, the bereaved families and the brotherly people of Algeria”.

Message from Prime Minister of Pakistan

“It was with profound sorrow and grief that we learnt about the tragic plane crash near Boufarik Airbase in Algiers, in which more than 250 people lost their lives. On behalf of the People and the Government of Pakistan and on my personal behalf, please accept our deepest condolences. May Allah Almighty rest the deceased in eternal peace and give fortitude and patience to the bereaved families to bear this irreparable loss”.

For more information, contact:
Spokesman
Ministry of Foreign Affairs
Government of Pakistan
Tell: +92-51-9205494
Fax: +92-51-9204202
Cell: +92-336-5644459
Website: www.mofa.gov.pk

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Message by Foreign Minister of Pakistan on the ‘Kashmir Solidarity Day’ 06 April, 2018

Islamabad, April 06, 2018 (PPI-OT): For the last 70 years the valiant people of Indian Occupied Jammu and Kashmir are waging a heroic struggle against Indian oppression, for the realization of the inalienable right to self-determination which has been ...

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