Govt, opposition united on Kashmir issue: FM Qureshi


OIC not a dead horse

Kashmir suffers of the worst humanitarian crisis on 122nd day of siege



ISLAMABAD: Foreign Minister Shah Mehmood Qureshi on Wednesday said that the government and the opposition were on the same page on Kashmir issue. Addressing the National Assembly session, FM Qureshi said that the house had unanimously passed a resolution condemning India’s illegal annexation of occupied Kashmir. He praised the opposition for supporting the government on the issue.


The foreign minister said that PTI-led government forcefully raised the Kashmir issue at all the international forums and added that the grave human rights violation in occupied Kashmir has become an international issue. Talking about India’s illegal bifurcation of occupied Kashmir, the FM Qureshi said that New Delhi was continuously violating UN resolutions in Indian-occupied.


The foreign minister said that Kashmir issue has been internationalized after 1965 due to effective and prompt diplomacy of the government, adding that this issue has been raised and discussed in US Congress, EU parliament, UNSC, OIC, and parliaments of various countries.

Qureshi went on to say that human rights organizations like Amnesty International and Human Rights Watch have also supported Pakistan s stance of grave human rights violations in Occupied Kashmir.


About 70 heads of states, governments, and foreign ministers of different countries were contacted to sensitize the world community to highlight the Kashmir issue, he said. He said, we have tried to send the voice and concerns of the people of Pakistan to Kashmiris across the Line of Control, living under constant siege for over 120 days and over 1100 protest demonstrations have been reported whenever Indian occupation forces relieved curfew in the valley.


India is afraid of the backlash of Kashmiris to its illegal acts of annexing Kashmir on 5 August this year, he added. Qureshi also invited the opposition to come forward to give its input and assured that every positive suggestion will be incorporated to highlight the Kashmir issue.


Responding to PML-N leader Ahsan Iqbal, Qureshi said that he shouldn’t call Organisation of Islamic Countries (OIC) a dead horse as the OIC has 57 countries and we need their votes.

We cannot offend our OIC friends; he said and added you [Ahsan Iqbal] are not serving Pakistan and Kashmir by calling the OIC a dead horse.



On the other hand, in occupied Kashmir, situation continues to remain almost unchanged in the Kashmir Valley and parts of Jammu region on the 122nd day of lockdown and military siege.

Having scrapped the Jammu and Kashmir’s special status, the Modi-led Indian government is now planning to further erode Muslim-majority character of the territory by carving out new administrative divisions from the newly-formed union territory of Jammu and Kashmir..

Meanwhile, normal life remains badly hit in the Kashmir Valley on 122nd day of lockdown and siege, with all shops and business establishments remain closed for most of the day and schools and offices without students and staff.


Foreign Minister of Pakistan Shah Mehmood Qureshi on December 2 briefed his Sri Lankan counterpart Dinesh Gunawardena on the dire situation and human rights crisis in Indian occupied Kashmir (IoK), said Foreign Office (FO) spokesperson Dr Muhammad Faisal. The FO spokesperson said Shah Mehmood Qureshi told the Sri Lankan foreign minister that the 100-day plus lockdown remains a “cause of serious concern” for the international community.

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