Vienna, 24 November 2022 (TDI): On Thursday, a group of students from the Vienna Diplomatic Academy visited the Embassy of Pakistan in Vienna, where the Pakistani ambassador to Austria spoke to them.

Aftab Ahmad Khokher, the ambassador of Pakistan to Austria, spoke to the students about South Asia’s political and economic issues.

The ambassador of Pakistan provided a detailed overview of Pakistan’s dynamics and problems with its foreign policy.

He underlined Pakistan’s intention to have friendly relations with all countries and emphasized the importance of Pakistan’s relations with the US.

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Additionally, the envoy pointed out grave human rights violations in Indian-occupied Kashmir (IIOKJ).

He highlighted that the longest-running unresolved agenda issue on the UN Security Council is Kashmir Conflict.

He emphasized that India cannot obstruct Kashmiris’ ability to exercise their right to self-determination.

He highlighted that the international community must act in order to halt further human rights abuses in IIOJK.

Pakistani ambassador to Vienna also emphasized the importance of the international community’s continuous commitment to Afghanistan.

He stressed the need to keep humanitarian help for the Afghan people apart from aid connected to sanctions.

The envoy also acknowledged Pakistan’s contribution to regional connectivity and development.

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Aftab Khokhar also asserted that the BRI’s main project, CPEC, is a game-changer and essential to regional connectivity.

The briefing was followed by a Question and Answer session. The ambassador said that China’s BRI and flagship CPEC projects are incorrectly viewed as debt traps in response to questions from the audience.

In fact, the CPEC has assisted Pakistan in supplying its energy requirements, fostering economic expansion and prosperity.

The envoy urged the uniform application of international law to all global crises, including the crisis in Ukraine and the Kashmir dispute, in answer to a separate question.

The students expressed tremendous interest and gratitude to the Pakistani Embassy for organizing it.


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