Islamabad (Asghar Ali Mubarak) The Foreign Minister Khwaja Muhammad Asif strongly condemned the continuing barbarism of the Indian occupation forces to suppress the legitimate Kashmiri struggle for the realization of the right to self determination by inhuman tactics including torture, arbitrary arrests, and extra-judicial killings. India again violated the right of the Kashmiris for assembly and protest by arresting leaders and workers to prevent them from joining the ‘Anantnag Chalo’ rally on 15 December 2017. Another abhorrent element of Indian strategy has been to implicate the Kashmiri leaders in false cases and harass them by their arrest and incarceration and by summoning them to the courts time and again. The latest example is the issuance of notice to senior Hurriyat leader Syed Ali Shah Geelani for appearing before a local court in a 15 years old case that speaks volumes about this high-handedness.The Amnesty International declared Mr. Shabbir Shah as a prisoner of conscience in 1994 in recognition of his years’ long non-violent political struggle for the resolution of long-pending Jammu and Kashmir dispute. He is the founder and President of Jammu & Kashmir Democratic Freedom Party (JKDFP). The Government of India appears unmoved despite repeated requests to shift Mr. Shah to a high risk ward in order to ensure his safety and security. He suffers from various ailments including diabetes. His health has severely deteriorated and authorities are deliberately playing with his life by not providing him access to medical facilities. Mr. Shabbir Shah’s unfortunate reality is similar to many incarcerated leaders and other political activists languishing in various jails in and outside the occupied territories. Now at 63, he has spent much of his life (30 years) in Indian jails for his political belief. We urge the international community to take immediate notice of the political vendetta Mr. Shabbir Shah faces and urge to release Mr. Shah on humanitarian grounds. This week also, Indian atrocities on innocent and defenceless Kashmiris continued unabated, resulting in Shahadat of four people including 22 year old Asif Iqbal, Tanveer Ahmad Bhat, and 24 year old Ruby Jan in Kyapwara and Shopian Districts. The house arrest and illegal detention of Hurriyat leadership continues, which is highly condemnable and against basic human rights and international law. Pakistan condemns the missile attack on Saudi Arabia on 19 December 2017. The attack was successfully intercepted by the Saudi led Coalition, before it could cause any damage. This was the third missile attack targeted at the Kingdom from Yemen in less than two months. The increasing frequency and ferocity of the missile attacks, targeted at innocent civilians by Houthi rebels, pose a threat to regional peace and security and is therefore, highly condemnable. Pakistan strongly believes that a political solution to the ongoing Yemen crisis is the only way to ensure regional peace and stability. Pakistan stands firmly with the Kingdom of Saudi Arabia in confronting terrorism in all its forms and manifestations. Pakistan reaffirms unequivocal support for the Kingdom and reiterates that in case of any violation of its territorial integrity or any threat to Haramain Sharifain, Pakistan will stand shoulder to shoulder with the government and people of Saudi Arabia. The 3rd Round of Pakistan-Japan Counter Terrorism Consultations was held in Islamabad on 19 December 2017. The two sides held in-depth discussions on various aspects of the threat posed by international terrorism and reiterated their resolve to jointly combat terrorism in all its forms and manifestations. Pakistan hosted the 28th Regional Planning Council (RPC) Meeting of the Economic Cooperation Organization (ECO) Member States at Islamabad from 11-14 December 2017. The Secretary General of ECO, Mr. Halil Ibrahim Akca headed the delegation of the ECO Secretariat. Pakistan, being the current Chairman of ECO extends full support to the ECO projects and initiatives. Pakistan has always played an active role to ensure regional integration and interdependence amongst the member states. We support ECO’s initiatives and have always encouraged enhancement of the current steady progress. Pakistan rejects the unfounded accusations in US National Security Strategy 2017 released on 18 December that belie facts on ground and trivialize Pakistan’s efforts for fighting terrorism and our unmatched sacrifices to promote peace and stability in the region. Pakistan has long been at the forefront in the fight against regional and global terrorism. It is because of Pakistan’s cooperation with the international community, acknowledged and appreciated by the US leadership, that the Al- Qaeda core was decimated from the region. In a troubled neighborhood.