Islamabad;07 Nov 2019-India’s illegal and unilateral actions to alter the disputed status of Indian occupied Jammu and Kashmir (IoJ&K) and suspension of civic liberties constitute human rights violations of the people of IoJ&K, said President Dr. Arif Alvi, while talking to Chairman, European Union Military Committee, General Claudio Graziano, who called on him at the Aiwan-e-Sadr, Islamabad today. He emphasized that the world community must play its role to alleviate the suffering of Kashmiri people at the hands of fascist Indian regime, and moral principles must not be sacrificed at the altar of economic interests, he added.
European Union Military Committee, General Claudio Graziano, said that European Union fully supported the human rights of the Kashmiri people.
President said that the humanitarian situation because of myopic and extremist policies of India in Kashmir would result in forced migration, a problem which was also faced by EU, in terms of refugees from conflict-ridden areas of Middle East. Therefore, all efforts must be made to prevent such forced migration from Kashmir.
The President emphasized that Pakistan valued its relations with the European Union (EU) and EU was a traditional ally and major trading and investment partner of Pakistan, he added. He pointed out that Pakistan saw GSP Plus Scheme as a constructive engagement for the betterment of its economy.
Appreciating the visit by General Claudio Graziano, the President said that it would help in understanding and enhancing future defense cooperation between Pakistan and EU. He said that Pakistan looked forward to interacting closely with the new EU Parliament as well as the European Commission. He also highlighted that Pakistan – EU cooperation was based on shared values of democracy, pluralism, mutual understanding and respect and Pakistan was firmly committed to advancing these mutually reinforcing objectives, he added.
The President also highlighted Pakistan’s commitment to eradicate extremism and its unprecedented sacrifices in men, material and economy during the ongoing War on Terror.
Earlier on 06 Nov ,General Claudio Graziano, Chairman of the European Union Military Committee visited Air Headquarters Islamabad today.
On his arrival, the distinguished guest was received by Air Marshal Aasim Zaheer, Vice Chief of the Air Staff, Pakistan Air Force. A smartly turned out contingent of Pakistan Air Force presented him the Guard of Honour. He also laid floral wreath at the Martyrs’ Monument to pay homage to the PAF’s Martyrs. Later on, the visiting dignitary called on Vice Chief of Air Staff in his office. Various matters of professional interest and mutual cooperation were discussed during the meeting. General Claudio Graziano lauded the sound professionalism of PAF and its personnel.
Chairman European Union Military Committee, General Claudio Graziano called on Chief of the Naval Staff, Admiral Zafar Mahmood Abbasi at Naval Headquarters, Islamabad. Upon arrival at Naval Headquarters, the dignitary was received by Chief of the Naval Staff. A smartly turned out contingent of Pakistan Navy presented Guard of Honour. Thereafter, the dignitary laid floral wreath at the Shuhada’s Monument and were introduced to the Principal Staff Officers at Naval Headquarters.
During the meeting with General Claudio Graziano, matters of mutual interest and defence collaboration came under discussion. Chief of the Naval Staff highlighted Pakistan’s commitment and performance in fight against terrorism and Pakistan Navy’s efforts for ensuring maritime security and peace in the region through participation in multinational Combined Maritime Force (CMF) and Pakistan Navy’s independent initiative of Regional Maritime Security Patrols (RMSP). General Claudio Graziano appreciated and acknowledged Pakistan Navy’s efforts and commitment in support of collaborative maritime security & stability in the region.