US Congressmen’s letter to Antony Blinken ‘contains distorted facts’: Pakistan

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Foreign Office Spokesperson Mumtaz Baloch addressing the weekly briefing. — Facebook/Foreign Office
Foreign Office Spokesperson Mumtaz Baloch addressing the weekly briefing. — Facebook/Foreign Office 
  • FO spokesperson says rights of all citizens are being protected.
  • Emphasises that all actions are in line with Constitution.
  • Slams Indian move of holding of G20 meet in disputed territory.

ISLAMABAD: Pakistan on Thursday said that “distorted facts” were shared with Secretary of State Antony Binken by the US congressmen, adding that all actions taken in connection with May 9 events were in line with the Constitution.

More than 60 members of the US Congress had asked Blinken to exert pressure on the Pakistani government in order to address the human rights situation in the country.

The letter, coauthored by Congresswoman Elissa Slotkin and Congressman Brian Fitzpatrick, was signed by 65 other lawmakers “deeply troubled by the democratic backsliding and human rights abuses” in Pakistan following the tragic events of May 9 during which protesters attacked military and government installations.

The deadly protests triggered by Pakistan Tehreek-e-Insaf (PTI) Chairman Imran Khan’s arrest, took the lives of at least 10 people and injured several others, with the authorities not only arresting the party leaders but thousands of party workers as well.

“The letter sent by the US congressmen to Antony Blinken contained distorted facts,” Foreign Office Spokesperson Mumtaz Zehra Baloch said, and added that the rights and properties of all citizens are being protected in Pakistan.

“All actions regarding the events of May 9 are being taken in accordance with the Constitution and laws.”

G20 meet in IIOJK

Speaking about the G20 Tourism Working Group meeting in the Indian Illegally Occupied Jammu and Kashmir (IIOJK), Baloch said that Pakistan hasn’t sent any letter to its missions regarding the moot.

She said that Pakistan categorically rejects all propaganda such as New Delhi’s move to politicise an international forum. 

However, Pakistan will keep raising the Kashmir issue at every global forum and continue to support the struggle of Kashmiris for their rights, she added.

“Jammu and Kashmir is an internationally recognised disputed territory. The dispute has remained on the agenda of the United Nations Security Council (UNSC) for over seven decades,” the FO spokesperson said.

She added that holding the G20 meeting in a disputed territory was a betrayal.

“Tourism and development cannot be promoted by holding the local population hostage and denying them their rights and freedoms. By holding the G20 meeting in Srinagar, India cannot hide the reality of its illegal occupation of IIOJK and oppression of the Kashmiri people,” it added.

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