India trying to convert held Kashmir into a Muslim minority state: FO

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He said this during a weekly press briefing in Islamabad on Thursday.

The new Foreign Minister Khawaja Muhammad Asif has assumed charge of the Office, and the Adviser on Foreign Affairs Sartaj Aziz has bid farewell to the ministry.

The minister also shared his vision of meeting the challenges and availing the opportunities in the realm of inter-state relations.

Referring to latest Indian atrocities, Zakaria said the Indian forces martyred 15 Kashmiris during the past week.

"Last week the count was 8; the statistics of Kashmiris' sufferings on various counts, as a result of Indian barbarities and impunity with which Indian forces are committing the crimes against humanity, challenge the credibility of worldwide community's commitment to human rights".

The Foreign Office has condemned India for "increasingly violating the United Nations charter in held-Kashmir".

"We will not be incorrect if we term these killings of defenceless Kashmiri youth, women, children and old age, by Indian forces as "genocide", he added". "Indian policy of killing innocent Kashmiris is a part of a strategy, which is to break the spirit of the Kashmiris, alter the demography in Jammu and Kashmir and to convert it into a Muslim minority region from an overwhelming Muslim majority state", Zakaria said.

He said Pakistan appreciates the dialogue initiative between Hizb-e-Islami and the Afghan government.

He rejected the accusations and campaign of Afghan media against Pakistan.

Regarding the Afghanistan issue, he said that the settlement of the crisis lay in conducting talks between all the stakeholders, adding that the U.S. was reviewing its policy on war-torn Afghanistan.

The Korean national assembly speaker expressed keen interest in Korean investments in Pakistan and deepening economic cooperation, the Spokesman said.

He also congratulated the young sportspeople, who won altogether 25 gold, silver and bronze medals in 4 South Asian Karate Championship in Sri Lanka.

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