ISLAMABAD: Ministry of Foreign Affairs (FO) on Friday confirmed the contact between the chief of Army Staff General Qamar Jawed Bajwa and U.S. Deputy Secretary of State of Point out Wendy Sherman, but didn’t know if they were talking about economy.
“Our understanding is that ISPR (Inter-Services Public Relations) will be able to comment on this,” FO spokesman Asim Iftikhar said at a weekly briefing here. on Friday.
The FO’s announcement comes amid reports that COAS has reached out to Washington with a request help in ensuring early repayment of a loan from the International Monetary Fund (IMF).
According to a report published in Nikkei today, Gen Bajwa spoke on telephone with Sherman.
“Sources, who asked to remain anonymous because they were not allowed to speak in public, Bajwa said. made appeal for The White House and the Treasury Department are pushing for the IMF to immediately provide the nearly $1.2 billion that Pakistan should receive under the renewed loan. program”, it says.
pakistan bogged down in economic turmoil with depreciation of the rupee, skyRushing inflation and a growing energy crisis, and officials hope for a revival of the IMF program will help bring stability to the country.
The Fund confirmed last month that it had reached an agreement at the staff level. with Pakistan on combined seventh and eighth reviews for $6 billion loan development what paves way for release of long-awaited $1.17 billion
However, the tranche will be provided only after the conclusion of an agreement at the level of the executive branch, which was postponed until the end of August.
Refusal of India comments
At his briefing, an FO spokesman stated that the FO had completely rejected and strongly condemned “the unsubstantiated and wholly unacceptable comments”. made Minister of Defense of India at a recent event in occupied Kashmir.
“Pakistan has also categorically rejected unfounded and erroneous remarks made Ministry of India of Foreign Relations Representative in an attempt to politicize the China-Pakistan Economic Corridor (CPEC),” he said.
Ahmed added who tries to cast a shadow over CPEC showed India’s uncertainty, as well as the desire of hegemonic agenda that held back socio-economic development in South Asia for decades.
“It in fact India, which illegally occupies the state of Jammu and Kashmir for over seven decades, committing gross and widespread violations of human rights and committing egregious territorial and demographic changes in occupied territory in complete violation of international law and relevant UN Security Council resolutions.
He also emphasized the “politicization” of The 44th Chess Olympiad took place in Chennai, India, “passing the torch across Srinagar in illegally occupied Jammu and Kashmir by India,” which, he said, in complete disregard of globally recognized “disputed” status of territory.
Deterioration of health of Yasin Malik
By the end of Ahmad said in his briefing that Pakistan is deeply concerned over deterioration of health of Hurriyat leader Muhammad Yassin Malik says the latter continues to suffer for his “legitimate political resistance to the illegal occupation of India of IIOHK”.
“We reject this prosecution and demand his immediate release,” he stressed.
The spokesman for the FO stated that the inhumane deprivation of liberty of Yassin Malik, his bogus trumped-up trials, false verdict and malicious attempts to defame legitimate struggle of Kashmiris for their right to self-determination only further confirmed India’s notoriety as a serial offender of human rights and usurper of fundamental freedoms of Kashmiri people.