MULTAN: Foreign Minister Shah Mehmood Qureshi urged the opposition to participate in activities planned by the government to express solidarity with the people of Kashmir, controlled by India.
"The opposition that did not register its protest [against Indian atrocities in the held valley] last Friday I should do it this Friday [during the weekly Kashmir Hour]"Qureshi said while talking to the media about arriving in his hometown on Sunday after a day visit to Umerkot.
"The opposition is asked to put its part in this national issue," he said, and said the Kashmir issue was not up to the political points.
He said: "It is a common perception that stronger voices are being raised in Kashmir only in Punjab and Khyber Pakhtunkhwa. But the public meeting in Umerkot showed that the people of Sindh are also with Prime Minister Imran Khan on the issue of Kashmir." .
The chancellor said: "The doors of negotiations are closed with Kashmir leadership under arrest and curfew in Kashmir.
Appreciate the ICO statement on the valley
“There are three stakeholders in the Kashmir problem: Pakistan, India and Kashmir. Nothing can happen without the [say of] Kashmir leadership. In the absence of the third party [Kashmiri leaders] Negotiations are not possible. However, negotiations can take place if the atrocities in Kashmir are stopped. ”
Mr. Qureshi said: “We are a peaceful nation. But India is trying to destabilize the region. India should not have any misunderstanding, since we know how to defend ourselves. ” However, he added, war was the last option. If India tried to impose war, it would respond accordingly, as the armed forces were well prepared to respond to any type of Indian aggression, he explained.
He said all efforts were being made to force India to lift the curfew of the sustained valley as soon as possible. He commended the statement of the Organization of Islamic Cooperation (ICO) on occupied Kashmir.
The Foreign Minister said: "I will go to Geneva on September 9, where we will raise the Kashmir problem and expose the atrocities of India in Kashmir held before the UN Human Rights Council." He also expressed the hope that the European Parliament will discuss the illegal actions of the Modi government in Kashmir, controlled by India, raise their voices against human rights violations in the disputed territory.
He said a signing campaign would soon be launched to force India to lift the curfew of the busy valley. Through the signing campaign, the world would be informed that the imposition of curfew in Kashmir during the last 28 days was "illegal" and "unconstitutional," he said.
He said the issue will also be raised before the world on September 27 before the UN General Assembly. "The world is now paying full attention to our position in Kashmir," he said.
On giving consular access to the Indian spy Kulbhushan Jadhav, the Foreign Minister said that Pakistan was legally obliged to do so.
Earlier during his interaction with the media at the Karachi airport, Mr. Qureshi said that the European Parliament during his discussion on Kashmir on Monday hopes to raise his voice about the plight of the cashmere that had been facing the curfew and other restrictions for almost a month in the hands of Indian forces in occupied Kashmir, he adds APP.
He said that the Indian Prime Minister, Narendra Modi, had to face shame in his attempts to prevent the Kashmir problem from standing out internationally.
He called for the release of thousands of cashmere jailed by Indian forces after the revocation of the special status of Kashmir held on August 5.
He criticized the Indian brutalities, the ceaseless curfew and other restrictions in the occupied territory. He said the restrictions on the press and the people of Kashmir imposed by the Modi government were unprecedented. The children were deprived of education and people could not contact their loved ones due to the repression, he said, adding that the world was observing the situation in the valley withheld.
Posted on Dawn, September 2, 2019