Pakistan welcomes Putin’s offer to mediate between Pakistan, India but no compromise on Kashmir: FO

Pakistan has welcomed Russian President Vladimir Putin’s offer of mediation to resolve the ongoing tension between Islamabad and New Delhi, Radio Pakistan reported.

Islamabad’s reaction came during the weekly routine press briefing of Foreign Office spokesperson Nafees Zakaria in the capital on Thursday.

The prime minister had met the Russian president in Kazakhstan on the sidelines of the Shanghai Cooperation Organisation (SCO) summit held in Kazakhstan earlier this month.

Meanwhile, Zakaria said following Pakistan’s June 14 triumph against England, reaching the final of the ICC Champions Trophy, Indian security forces beat Kashmiris brutally, broke into their shops and looted their goods for celebrating the much-needed win.

He pointed out that Indian troops had so far martyred over 25 Kashmiris and injured another over 200 using pellet guns in the disputed valley, in a complete disrespect for the month of Ramazan. Jamia Masjid was locked down and Kashmiris were not allowed to offer prayers last Friday, he added.

Zakaria said Kashmiri leaders were constantly harassed and meted out inhuman treatment while India’s National Investigation Agency (NIA) and Rashtriya Swayamsevak Sangh (RSS) were using dirty tactics to subvert and malign the indigenous movement of Kashmiris for self-determination.

He said that Kashmiris were concerned that India would undertake false flag operation or stage a new terror event for continuing military actions in Kashmir to justify killings of innocent Kashmiris.

Indian agencies in collaboration with terrorist groups such as RSS and Abhinav Bharat have staged terrorist attacks and blamed them on others as an excuse to justify the use of force in Kashmir, Zakaria said.