Ambassador of Myanmar was summoned at Foreign Office in Islamabad today and conveyed a strong protest of the Government and people of Pakistan at the ongoing violence against Rohingya Muslims. Foreign Secretary Tehmina Janjua stressed for effective measures to prevent the recurrence of such violence, providing security to Rohingya Muslims and upholding their rights to live and move without fear and discriminations. She asked Myanmar government for urgent investigations into the recent violence against Rohingya Muslims and holding accountable those involved in these serious crimes. Ambassador U. Win Myint assured the Foreign Secretary to convey the concerns of the Government and people of Pakistan to the Myanmar Government.

Quadrilateral framework comprising Pakistan, China, Kazakhtsan and Kyrgyzstan essential for regional economic stability- Pakistan to establish air and road links between Pakistan and Kazakhstan to enhance bilateral trade volume

The president said there is a need for quadrilateral framework for regional economic stability comprising Pakistan, China, Kazakhtsan and Kyrgyzstan. He also suggested the exchange of delegations between the two countries in the fields of industry, trade, culture and education which was accepted by the Kazakh prime minister. In his remarks, the Kazakh prime minister said after its inclusion in Shanghai Cooperation Organization as a member, Pakistan ties in the region will improve. He also thanked Pakistan for supporting Kazakhstan for non-permanent membership of the UN Security Council. He expressed the Kazakhstan desire for extending cooperation with Pakistan in the fields of minerals, mining, transport and communications. The Kazakh premier said Kazakhstan also desired to be part of the China Pakistan Economic Corridor and also proposed interaction among the experts from both the sides.

Analyst on Telephone:

Abdullah Gul (Defense Analyst):

Pakistan is an important country in Muslim world and Muslim community in Palestine, Myanmar and other oppressed countries have many expectations from Pakistan. Foreign Office summoned the Ambassador of Myanmar and conveyed a strong protest of the Government and people of Pakistan at the ongoing violence against Rohingya Muslims. These people do not have any identity. United Nations must intervene in order to resolve this issue and stop killing of the Muslims. We are astonished over silence of international community on indiscriminate killings of Rohingya on daily basis either by Government institutions such as Myanmar arm forces or Rakhine extremist elements.

Host: Arshad Malik

Co-host: Shahzad Farooqi

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