India violates Simla accord: FM Qureshi

Illegal act by Indian Govt has been resonating internationally: FM

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ISLAMABAD
Foreign Minister Shah Mehmood Qureshi here on Wednesday said that India violated Simla agreement by revoking special status of occupied Kashmir. Addressing the joint session of the parliament in Islamabad, Qureshi said that the government decided to downgrade its diplomatic relations with New Delhi and suspend all bilateral trade. In response to India’s recent actions in occupied Kashmir, Qureshi said that Indian’s illegal move to scrap Article 370 highlighted Kashmir issue across the globe.
He said that New Delhi’s August-5 move turned Kashmir’s matter into an international issue and added that India had been making diplomatic efforts to conceal the Kashmir’s conflict. FM Qureshi said that Pakistani nation will observe Independence Day in solidarity with the Kashmiri people and 15 August will be observed as black day. The minister said that around 0.9 million Indian troops were deployed in occupied Kashmir to suppress Kashmiris’ indigenous and just struggle for self determination.
Qureshi said, we should not keep silence over the illegal step of the Indian government. The political leadership of Kashmir has not accepted the illegal decision of the Indian government led by prime minister Narendra Modi. Criticizing the Indian government, the foreign minister said that cluster bombs were used, in violation of the international laws, against civilians along the line of control by the Indian forces. He said that Indian troops were committing atrocities and involved in grave human rights violations in occupied Kashmir.
He said members from various political parties were unanimous in their condemnation of illegal Indian act and united in their support for Kashmiri brethren. He said in all international media outlets, concern has been expressed on this development. He said he had gone to Saudi Arabia to perform Hajj but he sacrificed it to express solidarity with people of Kashmir and Pakistan by attending the joint session of Parliament.
Shah Mahmood Qureshi said the illegal act by Indian government has been resonating internationally. He said India has always had tried to put the Kashmir issue on back burner. He said the act of 5th August by India has been frowned upon, even by conscious people in India and have termed this act of grave mistake.
The Foreign Minister said Kashmiris have a long history of struggle against Indian subjugation. Various Kashmir factions have become united on opposing the Indian move. He challenged India to lift the curfew restrictions and see response of Kashmiri population on revocation of Kashmir’s special status.
Foreign Minister said Kashmiris are looking towards Pakistan and the response of their Parliament. He said for the first time use of cluster ammunition has been used by India on innocent Kashmiris as it violates the international norms and Geneva Convention.
Pursuant to the decision of the National Security Committee (NSC) Wednesday, Pakistan has announced to expel Indian High Commissioner Ajay Bisaria. According to a statement released by Ministry of Foreign Affairs, the Government of India has been told to withdraw its High Commissioner to Pakistan. The Indian government has also been informed that Pakistan will not be sending its High Commissioner-designate to India, reads a press release.
Meanwhile, Foreign Minister heads important moot in the Foreign Office in reference to the Indian annexation of disputed Kashmir and future plan of actions to be taken by Pakistan over the illegal move. Foreign Secretary, Special Secretary, Director General South Asia division and Foreign Office spokesperson all part of the meeting.
Foreign Minister of Pakistan, Shah Mehmood Qureshi returned to Pakistan after postponing his religious obligations to do his national duty in times of crisis, ARY News reported on Wednesday. The Foreign Minister came back from Jeddah today morning where he had gone earlier to perform his pre-scheduled Hajj. The Minister is scheduled to appear in the joint parliamentary session today amidst the rapidly changing regional scenario.

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