The Ministry of Foreign Affairs (MOFA) called reports linking Foreign Minister Bilawal Bhutto-Zardari’s remarks at the G20 summit in Indian-occupied Kashmir (IIOJK) to a threat to India “highly irresponsible and mischievous” on Sunday.
The FO’s response comes after a video of FM Bhutto-Zardari attending the Shanghai Cooperation Organization Council of Foreign Ministers (SCO-CFM) in Goa, India, has gone popular on social media.
“Any insinuation linking the foreign minister’s remarks to a threat of violence is not only devious but also highly irresponsible.” It is an attempt to divert attention away from the foreign minister’s essential message of conflict resolution via dialogue and in conformity with international law and UN Security Council resolutions,” according to the statement.
FO went on to say, “During his recent visit to India, the foreign minister emphasized the critical importance of relevant UN Security Council resolutions for a peaceful resolution of the Jammu and Kashmir dispute.” He obviously founded his case on international law.”
The representative also emphasized the need of adhering to journalistic standards when covering delicate inter-state issues. “A number of Indian media outlets had distorted the foreign minister’s statement during his recent visit to India to attend the SCO-CFM,” she added.
According to the spokeswoman, the Ministry of foreign affairs had already expressed Pakistan’s viewpoint on the G-20 Tourism Working Group meeting in IIOJK in a news statement on April 11.
“Pakistan had already expressed its strong indignation over India’s decision to hold the G-20 Tourism Working Group meeting in Srinagar on 22-24 May,” according to the news release.
On Thursday, FM Bilawal travelled to Goa to attend the SCO-CFM. On Friday, he addressed a session of the eight-nation bloc’s top diplomats.