'Goodwill Gesture, Not Pressure' The Reason Behind Indian Pilot's Release: FO
The Foreign Office on Thursday categorically rejected the impression that the release of captured Indian air force pilot by Pakistan last February, was made under any pressure
ISLAMABAD, (UrduPoint / Pakistan Point News - 29th Oct, 2020 ) :The Foreign Office on Thursday categorically rejected the impression that the release of captured Indian air force pilot by Pakistan last February, was made under any pressure.
"There was no pressure on the Pakistani government to release Indian pilot Wing Commander Abhinandan," Foreign Office Spokesperson Zahid Hafeez Chaudhri said at the weekly press briefing, held here at the Ministry of Foreign Affairs.
"The release was made as a message of peace and goodwill," he said.
The Spokesperson was responding to a query regarding the statement of a politician of Pakistan Muslim League-N, who alleged that pilot Abhinandan was released under pressure after his fighter aircraft was downed inside the Pakistan territory.
To a question regarding case of Indian spy Kulbhushan Jadhav, currently on a death row in Pakistan, the Spokesperson said Pakistan had made an offer for a third time consular access, however with no positive response from India.
On Islamophobia, he said Pakistan strongly condemned the systematic resurgence of acts of republication of blasphemous sketches and desecration of the Holy Quran by certain irresponsible elements in some developed countries.
"We are further alarmed at the highly disturbing statements by certain politicians justifying such heinous acts under the garb of freedom of expression and equating islam with terrorism, for narrow electoral and political gains," he said.
"Pakistan has been consistently highlighting the threats posed to strategic stability in South Asia as a result of provision of advanced military hardware, technologies and knowledge to India," he said.
The Spokesperson said India's massive acquisition of armaments and expansion of its nuclear forces, including introduction of new destabilizing weapon systems, were developments with serious repercussions for peace and stability in South Asia.
"These developments clearly negate the argument that India's mainstreaming in the international export control regimes, will further the non-proliferation objectives of these regimes," he said.
The FO Spokesperson said Pakistan categorically rejected the Indian government's illegal amendments in land ownership laws in Indian illegally occupied Jammu and Kashmir (IIOJK) promulgated under "J&K Re-organisation (Adaptation of Central Laws) Third Order, 2020".
He expressed deep concerns over the raids by India's National Investigation Agency (NIA) on offices and residences of journalists and human rights activists and non-profit organizations, including Coalition of Civil Society, Association of Parents of Disappeared Persons, and Greater Kashmir newspaper in IIOJK.
He said Pakistan appreciated the successful interception of the drones, which prevented the loss of innocent lives.