Concerted efforts are on to recover Col. Habib Zahir: Sartaj

ISLAMABAD: Advisor to the Prime Minister on Foreign Affairs Sartaj Aziz on Thursday informed the Senate that the government was in constant touch with Nepalese authorities as part of concerted efforts to recover missing Col. Habib Zahir.
In a statement in the Senate in response to a question of an adjournment motion by Senator Ateeq Sheikh, the Advisor said, Col. Habib Zahir had traveled to Katmandu from Lahore via London for a job.
However, after leaving the airport he went missing as he had lost contact with his family after reaching Nepal. "Col. Habib has applied online for a job and after the modalities were finalized, he traveled to Katmandu. He and his family had all the record of correspondence with the employer."
He said according to preliminary investigation till his traveling to Katmandu on April 06, 2017, Col. Habib was in constant touch with his family. He lost connection on April 07 when he reached Katmandu.
He said investigations have also revealed that all those who offered him job, received him at airport and booked air ticket and hotel for Habib, are Indians.
Sartaj Aziz said when Habib went missing his family informed the GHQ as the government raised this matter with Nepalese government through Pakistani mission in Katmandu. The incident was also reported to UN Working Group on Forced Disappearances.
He said an FIR has also been lodged about his disappearing in Pakistan and with authorities in Nepal and the government is in constant touch with Nepalese authorities to trace whereabouts of Habib Zahir.
Senator Ateeq Sheikh had raised the matter in the House emphasizing that it could have been an intrigue of Indian Intelligence Agency RAW to pressurize Pakistan on Kalboshan Jhadev's issue.
"If it is an Indian conspiracy, we should come out with emphatic and clear stance," he said as he emphasized to admit his adjournment motion for discussion in the House.
Chairman Mian Raza Rabbani admitted his motion and set it for discussion today (Friday).
Meanwhile, Advisor to the Prime Minister on Foreign Affairs Sartaj Aziz on Thursday informed the Senate that the government is making continued and concerted efforts to highlight Indian brutalities in Occupied Kashmir at all international forums.
Responding to a Calling Attention Notice by Senator Tahir Hussain Mashhadi, the Advisor said, the government has written to all forums including the United Nations, Organization of Islamic Countries, other countries and international organizations on human rights about India's using Kashmiris as human shield to snub their voice for right to self-determination.
"We have briefed different countries and human rights organizations there through our missions as well as bilateral interactions to world leaders about continued violence in Indian Occupied Kashmir," he said in the House.
The Advisor also mentioned to recent visit of OIC Secretary General DR Yousaf Ahmed wherein Pakistan forcefully raised the Kashmir issue calling upon Muslim Ummah to stand by Kashmiris for their right to self-determination as promised to them under the United Nations resolutions. He said the matter was also raised at the United Nations Security Council and the UN Commission on Human Rights, the United Nations President realizing them of just right of Kashmiri people to self-determination.
"Pakistan forcefully took up this matter at all forums reminding the world nations of their promise made to Kashmiri people and exert pressure on India to resolve this long standing issue according to aspirations of Kashmiri people," he stated.
He said the Ministry of Foreign Affairs and Foreign Office highlighted this issue through press briefings and issuing statements and showing the videos of inhumane actions of Indian occupied forces in held Kashmir.
He said all Pakistani missions abroad have been issued clear instructions to continue highlighting Kashmir issue with respective governments as well as the civil society and human rights organization in their countries of stay.
The Advisor said the OIC Secretary General, during his visit to Pakistan had also mentioned to Indian denial to members of OIC Independent Commission on Human Rights to visit Indian Occupied Kashmir while this OIC delegation was frankly allowed visit to Azad Kashmir. He said world leaders from other countries who visit Pakistan are also extensively briefed on Kashmir issue urging them to persuade India to fulfill its commitments made at the UN Security Council.
He said Kashmir issue also bears a key position on the OIC agenda as its solution was imperative for lasting peace in South Asian region. "Pakistan remains committed to just cause of Kashmiri people and will continue to highlighting Kashmir issue at all international forums to resolve this long standing issue according to UN resolutions and aspirations of Kashmiri people," he added. - NNI