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Kashmiri human rights must not be violated, says German envoy – Newspaper

ISLAMABAD: The German government wants the Indian authorities to bear in mind that the human rights of the Kashmiri people must not be violated. Former German Chancellor Angela Merkel had told Indian Prime Minister Narendra Modi that the situation in Kashmir was untenable and that human rights should be respected without discrimination, he added.

German Ambassador Bernhard Schlagheck said this in an interview with reporters at the inauguration of the third mobile public library in Islamabad on Sunday.

The library was created so that books could be distributed among people free of charge. It was compiled by EarthLinks (a property developer) in coordination with the Capital Development Authority (CDA).

Schlagheck acknowledged Pakistan’s progress in meeting the conditions set by the Financial Action Task Force (FATF) and said he believed Pakistan’s name would be removed from the gray list this year.

The next review meeting, scheduled for Berlin, will take place from 14 to 17 June. Schlagheck said FATF teams should visit Pakistan to see that efforts have been made by Islamabad to tackle the practice of money laundering, among other issues.

Dismissing concerns that some lobbies were active within the FATF against Pakistan, he said the working group was a collective forum and a single country could not influence decisions.

“This is a technical process and positive outcomes regarding Pakistan are expected,” he said, adding that the situation at the Line of Control (LoC) appeared calm but overall the Pakistan-India relations needed to improve.

Regarding the status of the Generalized Scheme of Preferences (GSP+) for Pakistan, which will expire in the last quarter of 2023, Mr. Schlagheck said that a European Union (EU) delegation would arrive in Pakistan next week to discuss the situation.

“This is a new mission for Brussels. The outcome will be positive, but Pakistan needs to take some practical steps. Certainly, the country has signed all the relevant conventions, but the implementation process must be visible,” he said.

Posted in Dawn, June 13, 2022