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Dormant Accounts for Overseas Pakistanis in Pakistani banks

 

 

 

 

 

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Stranded Pakistani nationals requiring assistance

In the wake of the latest situation arising out of spread of COVID-19, the Government of Pakistan has decided to suspend all International Passenger, Chartered and Private Aircraft inbound flights to Pakistan from 21 March 2020 until 4 April 2020. The Consulate is fully cognizant of the hardship being faced by the Pakistani community in the aftermath of suspension of the flights and working closely with relevant authorities to devise means to mitigate the hardship of the community by providing appropriate relief.

All stranded Pakistani nationals including students, who are facing hardship due to the cancellation of flights, are advised to contact this consulate on the following e-mail address with their complete contact details, including telephone number and addresses:

parepvancouver@mofa.gov.pk

An official of the Consulate will reach out to the concerned person as soon as possible.

29 March 2021

 Youm-e-Istehsal (Exploitation Day)

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            5th August 2020 marks one year of the revocation of the autonomy of Indian Illegally Occupied Jammu and Kashmir by the Government of  India. The day is being observed as Youm-e-Istehsal or Exploitation Day. The Government and people of Pakistan and Kashmiris all over the world besides expressing their solidarity with the people of Kashmir are also expressing their deep anguish on the brutalization of people of Kashmir.

             Over the past one year, Kashmiris have been subjected to unprecedented atrocities by the Indian occupation forces. Curfew, media blackouts, Killings, illegal detentions, search operations, rape, torture and destruction of homes and properties is the order of the day in Indian Illegally Occupied Kashmir. The last one year is one of the darkest chapters in the long struggle of the people of Kashmir for their inalienable right to self-determination as enshrined in the UN Security Resolutions. The Government of India exploited the Covid-19 situation and took advantage of the pandemic to put further curbs on the movements of Kashmiris compounding their  existing unprecedented miseries.

             The Government of India’s unilateral and illegal actions to alter the internationally recognized disputed status and steps to change demographic composition of Kashmir has received worldwide condemnation, including the Human Rights Council, Independent Permanent Human Rights Commission of the OIC and Human Rights defenders.

             This day makes incumbent upon us to continue to highlight the atrocities being perpetrated on the people of Kashmir and the steps being taken by the Indian Occupation Forces to erode the history, cultural identity of the people of Kashmir and to suppress the freedom struggle of the people of Kashmir through use of brute force. The international community should take cognizance of the grave situation and force India to revoke the illegal action taken a year earlier and to facilitate the conduct of plebiscite as enshrined in the UN Security Council resolutions on Kashmir.

  

 Vancouver,

  05 August, 2020

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Annual Exchange of Nuclear Installations and Facilities List between Pakistan and India

In accordance with Article-II of the Agreement on Prohibition of Attacks against Nuclear Installations and Facilities between Pakistan and India, signed on 31st December 1988, the list of nuclear installations and facilities in Pakistan was officially handed over to a representative of the Indian High Commission at the Ministry of Foreign Affairs today, at 1100 hrs (PST)

 

The Indian Ministry of External Affairs in New Delhi handed over the list of Indian Nuclear installations and facilities to a representative of the Pakistan High Commission at 1130 hrs (IST).

The Agreement contains the provision that both countries inform each other of their nuclear installations and facilities on 1st January every year. This has been done consecutively since 1st January 1992.
  
 
Islamabad
1st January, 2021

Press Release 04/2021

 

 

Ministry of Foreign Affairs

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PR No.04/2021

 

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Rejection of unwarranted assertions by Indian Ministry of External Affairs regarding minority rights in Pakistan 

Pakistan categorically rejects completely unwarranted assertions by the Indian Ministry of External Affairs (MEA) in connection with the Hindu temple incident in Karak. This is not the first time the Indian Government has tried to feign concern for minority rights elsewhere while being the most egregious and persistent violator of minority rights itself. 

From discriminatory Citizenship Amendment Act (CAA) to National Register of Citizens (NRC); from the Gujarat massacre of 2002 to the Delhi pogrom of 2020; from the reprehensible demolition of BabriMosque in 1992 to the despicable acquittal of all the accused by Indian court in 2020; from blaming Muslims for spreading Coronavirus to banning of inter-faith marriages; from cow vigilantism and mob lynchings to terming the Muslims of West Bengal ‘termites’ and threatening to ‘throw them into the Bay of Bengal’; from extra-judicial killings of innocent Kashmiris to blatant attempts to turn Muslims into a minority in Indian Illegally Occupied Jammu & Kashmir (IIOJK) through distribution of ‘fake domicile certificate’, the RSS-BJP regime’s record is replete with instances of gross and systemic violations of the rights of minorities, in particular Muslims.

As a perennial purveyor of state-sponsored discrimination against its minorities, India is in no position to pontificate on the issue of minority rights elsewhere. 

The clear difference between India and Pakistan in respect of minority rights can be gauged from the fact that the accused in the Karak incident were immediately arrested, orders were issued for repair of the temple, the highest level of judiciary took immediate notice, and senior political leadership condemned the incident. Whereas, in India, the blatant acts of discrimination against Muslims and other minorities take place with state complicity. The Indian leadership is yet to condemn the perpetrators of the Delhi massacre in February 2020, let alone bring those criminals to justice. 

Given these incontrovertible facts, the Indian Government would be well advised to set its own house in order rather than feigning concern for minority rights elsewhere.

 

Islamabad 

2 January 2021

 

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Ministry of Foreign Affairs

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PR No.05/2021

 

 

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Pakistan calls upon United Nations to seek immediate release of Kashmiri human rights activist and political leader Asiya Andrabi 

Pakistan has approached the United Nations Secretary General in New York and the UN High Commissioner for Human Rights in Geneva to seek immediate release of Kashmiri human rights activist and political leader, Asiya Andrabi, incarcerated in infamous Tihar Jail in India. It has been highlighted that Ms. Andrabi’s life is in danger owing to imminent risk of persecutory conviction by a sham court on 18 January 2020

As a champion of human rights and an ardent advocate of women empowerment, Ms. Andrabi has worked tirelessly for social reforms and realisation of fundamental freedoms for the people of the Indian Illegally Occupied Jammu & Kashmir (IIOJK) for over four decades. She founded an organisation called Dukhtaran-e-Millat (DeM), which is one of the biggest women rights organisations in IIOJK, working on women’s education, empowerment, well-being and protection - especially against sexual violence and abuse at the hands of Indian occupation forces. 

Ms. Andrabi has been under illegal and inhuman incarceration for more than 15 years on fabricated charges under draconian laws aimed at further perpetuating India’s illegal occupation of IIOJK through brutalisation of the Kashmiri people. 

The Indian authorities have now put Ms. Andrabi on trial on trumped up charges; deliberately accelerated the trial; and set aside due process, reflecting malicious intent with clear indications of looming judicial murder. 

India’s blatant attempts to portray the legitimate Kashmiri struggle as “terrorism”, and to prosecute its leaders through concocted cases, is a clear violation of the UN Charter, UN Security Council and UN General Assembly resolutions, and international human rights and humanitarian law. 

Pakistan has called upon the United Nations to urge India to drop all fabricated charges against Ms. Andrabi, her husband and her associates, and provide them complete legal protections, including the right to a free and fair trial; release all detainees, especially political prisoners and human rights defenders in IIOJK; repeal draconian laws such as AFSPA, PSA, and UAPA; allow UN-supervised investigations into cases of extra-judicial executions and other serious and systematic human rights violations; and fully implement all recommendations of the two Kashmir reports of OHCHR, including the establishment of a UN Commission of Inquiry.

 

Islamabad 

3 January 2021

 

 

 

 

 

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