No reports of any Pakistani casualty in quake-hit Turkiye, Syria: FO

No reports of any Pakistani casualty in quake-hit Turkiye, Syria: FO

No reports of any Pakistani casualty in quake-hit Turkiye, Syria: FO

Foreign Office spokesperson Mumtaz Zahra Baloch

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  • Foreign Office confirmed 23 Pakistanis were evacuated from the quake-hit Turkiye
  • Pakistan will not attend Multilateral Security Dialogue on Afghanistan in Moscow
  • IAEA DG Rafael Mariano Grossi will visit Pakistan
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ISLAMABAD: The Foreign Office on Thursday confirmed that 23 Pakistani nationals were evacuated from the quake-hit Turkiye, while no casualties were reported so far.

“So far, we have no news of casualty of any Pakistani in Turkiye or Syria,” the Foreign Office spokesperson Mumtaz Zahra Baloch said at a weekly press briefing.

The spokesperson said the Pakistanis were evacuated from Gaziantep University and accommodated in Adana city.  “Sixteen of these evacuated persons will be brought back to Pakistan, while the rest will be shifted to Istanbul city of Turkiye,” she said.

She said the country’s missions in Turkiye and Syria remained in constant touch with the relevant authorities to provide relief to Pakistanis affected by the earthquake.

“Pakistan has conveyed its deepest condolences and sympathies to the victims of the earthquake that hit parts of Türkiye, Syria and Lebanon on 6 February resulting in the loss of precious lives and extensive damage to property,” the spokesperson said.

Moscow meeting

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In response to a question regarding the outcome of Pakistan’s series of meetings with Afghanistan and Iran, she said the multifaceted dialogue with the neighbouring states would lead to positive development.

The spokesperson said Pakistan, Iran, and Afghanistan are in coordination on several important issues and will not divulge any particular agenda under discussion.

When asked why Pakistan stayed away from the Multilateral Security Dialogue on Afghanistan in Russia’s capital Moscow, she said, “We decided not to participate in the Moscow meeting of regional stakeholders.”

“We will continue to participate in all constructive meetings on Afghanistan,” she said.

The spokesperson further briefed that Pakistan’s ambassador to Afghanistan Ubaid-ur-Rehman Nizamani is still in Pakistan.

“We are observing the situation from every perspective and the foreign office has not yet decided to send back Pakistan’s Ambassador to Afghanistan”. She said talks with Afghanistan on intelligence and security are already underway.

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Bilateral visits

The spokesperson said Director General of International Atomic Energy Agency (IAEA) Rafael Mariano Grossi will visit Pakistan from February 15-16.

“The visit will provide an opportunity for Pakistan and the IAEA to explore avenues to advance cooperation in peaceful applications of nuclear technology for socio-economic development,” she said.

The spokesperson said Foreign Secretary Dr Asad Majeed Khan would visit France to meet his counterpart on February 10 for the 14th Round of Bilateral Political Consultations.

A roadmap for bilateral cooperation between Pakistan and France will also be signed, she said.

IoK sitation

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About the eviction of Kashmiri Muslims from the Indian Illegally Occupied Jammu and Kashmir (IIOJK), she said in some states of India, bulldozers were used to demolish the properties of Muslims to terrorize them.

“It is unfortunate that Indian authorities are using land as a weapon to intimidate the people of IIOJK,” she said.

She condemned the recent attack by the Indian occupation authorities at the office building of the Parties Hurriyat Conference (APHC) in Rajbagh, Srinagar, terming it an oppressive act and yet another assault on political freedom in the IIOJK.

She said Pakistan would continue to extend political, diplomatic, and moral support to Kashmiris for the just and peaceful settlement of the Jammu and Kashmir dispute in accordance with the UN Security Council Resolutions.

 

 

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