India divided over status of occupied Kashmir: FM Qureshi – Pakistan

Foreign Minister Shah Mahmood Qureshi said Thursday that, unlike Pakistan, Indian political parties disagree with the revocation of the special status of occupied Kashmir.

On August 5, the government of India, led by the Hindu nationalist party Bharatiya Janata, decided to repeal article 370 of the Indian constitution, which had granted Kashmir special occupied status. Subsequently, the government instituted a security blockade and a communications blackout to suppress Kashmir's reaction to its unilateral decision. The repression is now on its 25th day.

The Foreign Minister, addressing the Senate today, said 10 opposition parties from India wanted to visit Srinagar at the invitation of the occupied governor of Kashmir, but were not allowed to visit the restless region.

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He said the restriction exposed the Indian government and validated the view that something is happening in occupied Kashmir that must be hidden.

The minister also said that about 14 petitions have been filed in the Indian court against the Indian government's measure to revoke the special status of Kashmir occupied by India. He added that no one can predict the outcome of the petitions, but one thing was obvious that Indian civil society had approached the court against the decision of the Modi government.

"The [Indian] the supreme court, after a long and careful consideration, issued a notice [to the government]. Let's see what the court will do in October. I think it's a great challenge for the court, "he said, adding that the pressure of the gross majority, the ideology of Rashtriya Swayamsevak Sangh (RSS) and Hindutva is clearly visible.

FM Qureshi, on the other hand, also thanked the opposition parties in the Senate for their cooperation and support to the government on the issue. He said the opposition parties demonstrated greatness and patriotism on the issue and recognized the same.

He added that all the support of the nation is required to get out of the situation in a decent way.

"There is no need to lose hope. Nations are put to the test and suffer difficulties. It could be possible that our enemy has tried to attack us taking into account our financial conditions and the FATF challenge, and yes, they enjoy supremacy in numbers, but our history tells us that only 313 individuals can defeat the enemy's attack with the help of their conviction.

"When you proceed with the power of faith, you can face the enemy with bare hands and hungry stomachs. This is the history of Islam and we must learn from it."

The minister added that the country was weighing its diplomatic, legal and political options. He said that on the diplomatic front, Pakistan has achieved some successes. He added that the United Nations dealt with the matter, denying that the Indian propaganda occupied by Kashmir was an internal problem.

"After 54 years, our case was addressed at the UN and now the problem has been internationalized."

On the political front, he said that Islamabad did a great job on August 14 and 15. He added that the Pakistani diaspora in the United Kingdom, Europe and the United States was also doing commendable work in raising the issue. He said protests were being organized against the measure of the Modi government around the world.

He said the government is also weighing its legal options and that international lawyers have already committed themselves in this regard.

The minister's speech followed Prime Minister Imran Khan's call to all Pakistanis to participate in "Kashmir Time," which is observed tomorrow at 12 p.m., to send a strong message of solidarity to the cashmere.

"I want all Pakistanis to leave tomorrow at 12 noon at 12:30 p.m. with them and against Indian fascist oppression. " the prime minister said in a tweet.

On August 15, the country observed a "Black Day" to coincide with Indian Independence Day celebrations, in a show of support for the people of occupied Kashmir.



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