ISLAMABAD - Chairman Senate Mian Raza Rabbani has said that Pakistan was a peace loving country and desired peace in the region for stability, well being and alleviation of poverty of the people but he regretted that India continued to sponsor state terrorism in Pakistan.

In a message received from Male, Maldives, Rabbani called on Mr. Abdulla Yameen Abdul Gayoom, President of Maldives, at the Presidential Palace in Male. Senators Sardar Zulfiqar Khan Khosa and Najm-ul-Hassan accompanied the chairman Senate.

He informed the President that recently a serving Indian Navel Commander, Kulbhushan Yadav, was arrested in Pakistan who was involved with his network in fostering unrest in Pakistan. This along with other steps being taken by India clearly shows its expansion designs in the region. He further said that Pakistan despite these provocative actions looks for a lasting peace in the region for which the Kashmir dispute needs to be resolved in line with the UN resolutions. 

The chairman Senate highlighted the gross violations of human rights and international law by India in occupied Jammu and Kashmir. He further brought to the notice of the President the use of pellet bullets and the loss of eyesight of innocent children. He further stated that over 90 days have passed and the valley continued to be under curfew, innocent men, women and children have lost their life. What all they are demanding is the implementation of the UN resolutions granting them the right of self-determination.

The chairman Senate said that Pakistan noted Maldives decision of leaving Commonwealth and respected it, as it was a sovereign country’s decision. He said that the Commonwealth was an important organization and said that constructive engagements should continue.

Rabbani stressed upon improving bilateral relations between Pakistan and the Maldives and called for a reassessment of the role of SAARC in particular keeping in view the India’s attitude.