Zahid-Hafeez-Chaudhri Office of the Spokesperson, Mofa Pakistan
In response to media queries regarding baseless allegations of Pakistani institutions cracking down on overseas Pakistanis, the following is attributable to Zahid Hafeez Chaudhri, Spokesperson of the Ministry of Foreign Affairs:
“We categorically reject the unsubstantiated media reports alleging Pakistan cracking down on overseas dissidents.
There is no question of any threat being made to any national of any state including Pakistan’s own nationals living anywhere on any pretext whatsoever.
The unsubstantiated allegations appear to be part of the rather blatant on-going misinformation campaign against Pakistan to malign the country and its state institutions.
Pakistan is a parliamentary democracy with a vibrant civil society, free media and independent judiciary, which remains fully committed to the promotion and protection of human rights for all its citizens without discrimination. Our strong commitment to the right to freedom of opinion and expression is demonstrated by presence of scores of vibrant media channels and newspapers in the country.
Provision of a platform for peddling of unsubstantiated and false narratives against Pakistan by any news outlet is indeed regrettable.”