FM Qureshi contacts Switzerland counterpart

Bilateral talks with India no longer matter: FM Qureshi

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ISLAMABAD
Foreign Minister Shah Mehmood Qureshi on Thursday clearly asserted that there’s no use of bilateral talks with India now as they made the matters worse by taking a unilateral step on Kashmir. While talking to a news channel, Shah Mehmood Qureshi said that curfew has been imposed in the occupied Kashmir for the last 18 days. The world has to think who is destroying the peace of the region now.
FM Qureshi expressed that the people of Kashmir has announced to break the curfew tomorrow and hold a mass march towards the United Nations office. He added that the global community must understand the gravity of the situation as the massacre of the protestors is on the brink. People of Kashmir decided to hold a mass march towards the United Nations office at Sonawar in Srinagar after the Jummah prayers on August 23, to defy the curfew and illegal and unconstitutional lockdown imposed by the Indian authorities over the occupied Kashmir.
Foreign Minister Shah Mehmood Qureshi telephoned his Switzerland counterpart Ignazio Cassis on Thursday where they exchanged views of human rights’ violations in the Indian occupied Kashmir (IoK). The foreign minister apprised Cassis regarding the unilateral steps of the Indian government in the occupied valley. Qureshi said that Kashmiris are facing continuous lockdown in IoK since August 5 by the occupation forces of India.
The reports are extremely alarming which were released by the international media and the organisations of human rights. The Indian moves are against the resolutions of the United Nations Security Council (UNSC), he added. The Swiss foreign minister also expressed deep concerns over the deteriorated situation of the occupied Jammu and Kashmir. He told Qureshi that the Swiss government is closely monitoring the situation of IoK. Ignazio Cassis urged that both parties should end tensions and take steps to find out a solution through dialogues.
Foreign Minister Qureshi also said that Pakistan wants peace and stability in Afghanistan because Afghanistan s peace is essential for the development of the entire region. A delegation related to the Pak-Afghan Track II project headed by Dr Shoaib Suddle called on FM Shah Mahmood Qureshi in Islamabad.
During the meeting, matters pertaining to Pak-Afghan bilateral relations, Afghan peace process, bilateral interests and other issues came under discussion. Speaking on the occasion, Qureshi said that there are historical, cultural and long-standing religious ties between Pakistan and Afghanistan, but unfortunately our bilateral relations suffer due to lack of mutual trust.
He said that President Ashraf Ghani s visit to Pakistan on June 27 gave these relations a new dimension. We discussed the promotion of bilateral trade cooperation. Pakistan respects sovereignty of Afghanistan and wants peace and stability because the peace of Afghanistan is essential for the development of the entire region, he said.
Meanwhile, Pakistan has impressed upon the international community to take cognizance of blatant human rights violations by the Indian occupying forces in Kashmir. At his weekly news briefing on Thursday (today), Foreign Office Spokesperson Dr Muhammad Faisal said the occupied valley has been converted into the largest prison in the history of mankind.
More than fourteen million people are incarcerated in their homes.
He said the Indian government has stationed over nine hundred thousand troops in the valley and Kashmiris are being denied access to any form of communication. He further stated that a humanitarian crisis is looming as occupied Kashmir is facing the shortage of food and medicines.
When asked about US President Donald Trump’s telephonic conversations with Prime Minister Imran Khan, the spokesperson said Trump’s consistent engagement is a manifestation of his interest in the resolution of Kashmir dispute. Dr Muhammad Faisal said Pakistan is considering all options on Kashmir. He said active consultations are going on amongst all the stakeholders for this purpose.
The spokesperson said India cannot impose curfew in the occupied territory for an indefinite period. He said the resolution of this outstanding dispute is imperative in accordance with the UN Security Council resolutions. He said several countries have offered mediation on Kashmir dispute but we cannot move forward unless India agrees to it.
The spokesperson expressed concerns over the closure of social media accounts which are supporting the Kashmir cause. He said it is against the free speech and the matter has been taken up with the relevant authorities. When asked about Kartarpur Corridor, the spokesperson said it is Pakistan’s desire and effort that the corridor opens as per the scheduled time.
Responding to a question, Dr. Muhammad Faisal said there is no organized presence of Daesh in Pakistan. He said Pakistan is however concerned over the outfit’s rise in neighboring Afghanistan. The spokesperson said Pakistan has sincerely supported international efforts for peace and stability in Afghanistan as part of shared responsibility. He said we believe that a final and durable solution in Afghanistan will be a victory for the Afghans, the regional countries and the international community but it should be fully led and owned by Afghans.

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