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FO rejects reports FM threatened India over G20 in IIOJK as ‘highly irresponsible’

Indian Foreign Ministry dismissed reports that Bilawal Bhutto-Zardari’s remarks at the G20 summit in Indian Illegally Occupied Jammu and Kashmir (IIOJK) endangered India.

Foreign Office Spokesperson Mumtaz Zahra Baloch. — Facebook

The Ministry of Foreign Affairs dismissed rumors that Bilawal Bhutto-Zardari’s remarks at the G20 summit in Indian Illegally Occupied Jammu and Kashmir (IIOJK) posed a threat to India and referred to them as “highly irresponsible.”

“Linking the foreign minister’s comments to a threat of violence is not only prankish, but also extremely reckless. In an effort to deflect attention from the foreign minister’s main message—that conflicts should be resolved through dialogue and in accordance with international law and UN Security Council resolutions—the Foreign Office released a statement.

When asked about a video that appeared to show the top diplomat threatening India, the Foreign Office spokesperson made these remarks in response to media inquiries. The video was about the upcoming G20 meeting later this month.

The Foreign Office urged media outlets to follow journalistic ethics when covering delicate inter-state issues.

The foreign minister made numerous public statements during his recent visit to India emphasizing the critical significance of the pertinent UN Security Council resolutions for a peaceful resolution of the Jammu and Kashmir dispute. His arguments were undoubtedly supported by international law, the statement continued.

In a press release dated April 11, 2023, the Ministry of Foreign Affairs had already described Pakistan’s position on the G20 Tourism Working Group meeting in the IIOJK.

The two-day Shanghai Cooperation Organization (SCO) conference in the coastal city of Goa, India, featured participation from Foreign Minister Bilawal, who garnered considerable media attention in his country. It was also the first visit by a senior diplomat to India in nearly 12 years. He was visiting as the Foreign Minister for the first time.

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