Pakistan Approves India's Proposals to Exchange Kashmir Detainees

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On the current US-Pak relations, Asif said that Pakistan believes in a functioning relationship with the United States based on mutual respect and trust, which is in the interest of the region.

He then turned to the South Asia region and said that Pakistan had fought a "made-in-America jihad" against Russian Federation in Afghanistan.

Speaking in National Assembly, Khawaja Asif alleged that the leaders signed agreement and sold the country for their own interests.

Terming the Syrian conflict a "fight for power", Asif said that although he did not support dictatorship, "at least human lives were safe" under dictators in Syria.

Minister of Foreign Affairs said that the situation on the Line of Control and Working Boundary is rapidly deteriorating since 2017.

Ceasefire violations along the India-Pakistan border are hitting new heights with the number of casualties on either side on rising every day.

He said this escalation at the LoC and WB is an attempt to divert the attention of the global community from Indian atrocities in IOK.

Pakistan excused itself from convincing Afghan Taliban to come to dialogues, as Foreign Secretary Tehmina Janjua said Pakistan has no past-like influence over them; hence, the United States and Afghanistan should take initiative in this regard.

With the increase of these community welfare officers, the issues of overseas Pakistanis could be addressed in a better way, he added.

He said that several Pakistani prisoners were detained in some jails of Saudi Arabia with different charges and the reasons behind large number of Pakistani imprisonment were visa expiry or over-stay while there were few cases of criminal and civil offence.

One of the proposals suggests the "exchange of three categories of prisoners, women, mentally challenged or (those) with special needs and those above 70 years of age".

Over Achakzai's concerns, the foreign minister said that the issues of Pakistan community were taken up at worldwide forums.

The minister said that during recent high-level engagements with the visiting US delegations, they were told that the unwarranted allegations by the US President belie the cooperative history of the relationship, which served mutual interests in the region.

She said while the USA had assured Pakistan that it would not allow terrorists to use the Afghan territory against Pakistan, India was strongly supporting anti-Pakistan elements in those safe havens.