Afghan peace process’ onus can’t be on Pakistan: Qureshi
Neither India holds talks nor accepts mediation on Kashmir dispute: FM
Foreign Minister Shah Mahmood Qureshi has said Pakistan is not a guarantor but only facilitator in the Afghan peace process. Talking to the media persons here on Tuesday, he said the entire onus of the Afghan peace process cannot be put on Pakistan. He said Pakistan maintains that it is the shared responsibility of all the stakeholders to take forward the peace process.
The Foreign Minister said that Prime Minister Imran Khan wants to have a meeting with the Taliban to woo them for the intra Afghan dialogue. He said Pakistan is moving forward in good faith. Shah Mahmood Qureshi said convergence was seen on Afghan issue during a meeting between Prime Minister Imran Khan and the US President Donald Trump. This has opened a new chapter in Pakistan-US relations.
He said the US visit remained very successful in achieving the objectives and this stands also reflected in the restoration of suspended assistance. Responding to a question, the Foreign Minister regretted that India is neither ready to hold talks bilaterally with Pakistan on Kashmir dispute nor does it accept the third party mediation.
The Foreign Minister said Kashmir is a disputed territory and any demographic changes in occupied Kashmir will not be acceptable to Pakistan as well as Kashmiri people. Shah Mahmood Qureshi told the media that a conference of African envoys will be organized at the foreign office after the UN General Assembly session in September.
He said our aim is prepare a far reaching Look Africa Policy to improve trade and economic relations with the African countries. The Foreign Minister said the commerce advisor has also taken a very important decision of shifting the commercial consulars in Europe to the African countries in order to exploit the trade potential with this important continent.
Meanwhile, a 10-member delegation of European Parliamentarians, including MEP Richard Corbett, leader of the Labour Party in Europe, MEP Irina Von Wiese, Member of the Foreign Affairs Committee and MP Nazia Rehman, called on Foreign Minister Shah Mahmood Qureshi here on Tuesday. During the meeting, they discussed the deteriorating human rights situation in India occupied Jammu and Kashmir (IOK).
The delegation is on an 8-day visit to Pakistan and Azad Jammu and Kashmir. While highlighting the Jammu and Kashmir dispute, the foreign minister appreciated the efforts of the Pakistani and Kashmiri diaspora and those involved in raising the issue of gross human rights violations in India occupied Jammu and Kashmir (IOK) in Europe and beyond.
He stated the successive reports by the Office of the High Commissioner for human Rights (OHCHR), June 2018 and July 2019, the UK Parliament’s All Parties Parliamentary Kashmir Group (APPKG) report, as well as the hearing by European Parliament’s Sub-Committee on Human Rights in Brussels lent credence to Pakistan’s stance on the Jammu and Kashmir dispute and helped raise awareness in the international community about the horrendous human rights situation in IOK.
He stressed the need for consistent efforts to build upon the current momentum and sensitize the international community regarding the deplorable situation of human rights in IOK. Qureshi lauded efforts of the European MEPs and other delegation members in highlighting the Jammu and Kashmir dispute in Europe. He also reaffirmed Pakistan’s principled political, diplomatic and moral support to the Kashmiris in their just struggle for the right to self-determination.
Earlier, Foreign Minister Shah Mehmood Qureshi has said Pakistan will host Africa conference in September and ambassadors of African countries will be invited for the moot. Pakistan’s foreign minister was speaking at Pakistan-Africa Round-table Dialogue, to be hosted by the Institute of Strategic Studies Islamabad (ISSI) in collaboration with the Ministry of Foreign Affairs to commemorate the Africa Day. Foreign Minister Qureshi said that there are vast opportunities of trade and investment in African countries.
He called Prime Minister Imran Khan’s recent visit of United States very successful, adding, We have succeed in getting our targets. He said that Pakistan’s aid suspended by the US will be restored soon. He clarified that Pakistan is facilitator of the Afghan peace process and not a guarantor of it.
Talking on the situation in Occupied Kashmir, Qureshi said that the situation in the territory going from bad to worse. He said India has always opposed and escaped from the mediation on Kashmir. He said Mehbooba Mufti has invited for an All Parties Conference on Kashmir. Mufti, the president of People’s Democratic Party in held Kashmir called for an all-party meeting following speculations that New Delhi was preparing a plan to revoke Article 370 and 35A, which grant special status to held Jammu and Kashmir region.