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Dutch Queen to visit Pakistan early next week—Foreign Office

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Pakistan’s foreign office spokesman says India has made bilateral talks “almost impossible” after the August 5 action in Occupied Kashmir.

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  uploaded on TNN 34 FTP on THURSDAY    (NOVEMBER  21, 2019)
SLUG: PAKISTAN: DUTCH QUEEN
HEADLINE: 
DATE : NOVEMBER 21, 2019
DATELINE: ISLAMABAD
RESTRICTIONS:   NONE


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Shotlist:   ISLAMABAD , PAKISTAN  (NOVEMBER 21, 2019)   (VNA   – ACCESS ALL)

  1. EXTERIOR OF PAKISTAN’S MINISTRY OF FOREIGN AFFAIRS
  2. PAKISTAN’S FOREIGN OFFICE SPOKESMAN MOHAMMAD FAISAL ADDRESSING WEEKLY BRIEFING
  3. REPORTERS
  4. (SOUNDBITE) (English) PAKISTAN’S FOREIGN OFFICE SPOKESMAN MOHAMMAD FAISAL, SAYING:
  5. “Her  Majesty, Queen Maxima of  the Netherlands will  visit Pakistan on  25-27 November, in her capacity as United Nation’s Secretary General’s Special Advocate for Inclusive Finance for Development.”
  6. REPORTERS
  7. (SOUNDBITE) (Urdu) PAKISTAN’S FOREIGN OFFICE SPOKESMAN MOHAMMAD FAISAL, SAYING:
  8. “We desire good relations with India. We have asked them several times for talks , for dialogue, to resolve issues. But there is always hesitation, and fear from their side. Sometimes they  agree, sometimes they back out. After the step of August 5, they have made progress in talks very difficult , in fact almost impossible.”  
  9. REPORTERS
  10. (SOUNDBITE) (Urdu) PAKISTAN’S FOREIGN OFFICE SPOKESMAN MOHAMMAD FAISAL, SAYING:
  11. “Places have to be opened in Occupied Kashmir, people to people contacts have to be restored, we have to move forward in the Composite Dialogue, also on the Comprehensive Bilateral Dialogue that was agreed between the late Sushma Swaraj (Indian Foreign Minister) and Sartaj Aziz (former Pakistan Foreign  Minister). We could not move forward on that, because they (India) backed out. We can only talk if they move forward; we cannot do it on our own.”
  12. REPORTER’S NOTEBOOK
  13. REPORTERS
STORY: Queen Maxima of the Netherlands is scheduled to visit Pakistan from November 25-27 in her capacity as the United Nations Secretary General's Special Advocate (UNSGSA) for inclusive finance for development,  Foreign Office spokesman Mohammad Faisal told a weekly briefing on Thursday (November 21).
Queen Maxima is scheduled to  attend the launch of the 'Micro Payment Gateway', which, according to a government statement, is "an initiative of the State Bank of Pakistan aimed at reducing the costs of small payments and boosting digital transactions to benefit people and promote financial inclusion".
The Dutch queen will call on President Arif Alvi and Prime Minister Imran Khan during her visit, in addition to her engagements with stakeholders from the public and private sectors.

Replying to a query, the spokesman said, Pakistan was keen to improve ties with India but India had made bilateral talks “almost impossible” after the step it took in Indian Occupied Kashmir on August 5 .

“We desire good relations with India. We have asked them several times for talks , for dialogue, to resolve issues. But there is always hesitation, and fear from their side. Sometimes they  agree, sometimes they back out. After the step of August 5, they have made progress in talks very difficult , in fact almost impossible,” he said.
On 5 August 2019, the Government of India revoked the special status, or limited autonomy, granted under Article 370 of the Indian Constitution to Jammu and Kashmir—a region which is part of the larger region of Kashmir, which has been the subject of dispute between India, Pakistan, and China since 1947.

“Places have to be opened in Occupied Kashmir, people to people contacts have to be restored, we have to move forward in the Composite Dialogue, also on the Comprehensive Bilateral Dialogue that was agreed between the late Sushma Swaraj (Indian Foreign Minister) and Sartaj Aziz (former Pakistan Foreign  Minister). We could not move forward on that, because they (India) backed out. We can only talk if they move forward; we cannot do it on our own,” Faisal said.

Kashmir has been a longtime flash point between the two nuclear-armed nations.
Pakistan’s government and prime minister Imran Khan have been trying hard  to persuade India to lift its siege of Kashmir and have warned that the situation could result in war between the neighbors if Kashmiris push back against the suffocating presence of thousands of Indian troops.

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