Pakistan not supporting Fazl’s private visit to Afghanistan: FO

“Politician gone to Afghanistan in private capacity,” FO adds.
The Foreign Office of Pakistan has clarified that it does not support the private visit of Maulana Fazlur Rahman, the chief of Jamiat Ulema-e-Islam Fazl (JUI-F), to Kabul. The spokesperson, Mumtaz Zahra Baloch, emphasized that the government of Pakistan is not backing the visit and considered it a private endeavor by the politician. The Foreign Office expressed its commitment to seeking a briefing from Maulana Fazlur Rahman regarding his trip.
Furthermore, Pakistan reiterated its stance on dialogue and diplomacy, emphasizing its disinterest in engaging with the banned Tehreek-e-Taliban Pakistan (TTP). The spokesperson called for action against terrorists by the Afghan interim government, highlighting the importance of maintaining regional security.
In a separate statement, Pakistan responded to claims made by former Indian diplomat Ajay Bisaria regarding the 2019 Balakot airstrike. The Foreign Office spokesperson dismissed the claims as surprising and emphasized that the airstrike had proven to be a nightmare for India, as the Pakistan Air Force successfully shot down Indian planes.
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Moreover, Pakistan expressed condemnation for the terrorist attack in Iran’s Kerman, offering condolences for the lives lost in the twin blasts near the burial site of Qasem Soleimani, the slain military commander.
In a show of solidarity with Palestine, Pakistan announced its support for South Africa’s case against Israel in the International Court of Justice, citing violations of the 1951 genocide convention concerning the Palestinian people in Gaza. The Foreign Office called for an immediate and unconditional ceasefire, an end to Israel’s military aggression, and the creation of an independent Palestinian state with East Jerusalem as its capital, reiterating Pakistan’s commitment to a just solution for the Palestinian question.
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