OIC should raise voice for Indian Muslims, Kashmiris: Qureshi

NAB ordinance neither NRO nor aimed to hide corruption: FM


Foreign Minister Shah Mahmood Qureshi on Sunday said that an effective voice should be raised from the platform of the Organisation of Islamic Cooperation (OIC) over the issue of an anti-Muslim law in India and violations of human rights in Indian Occupied Kashmir (IOK).
Addressing a press conference, the foreign minister said that Pakistan has already raised its voice over these issues.
“Indian government has deprived students of education and patients of medical treatment in occupied Kashmir, while internet remains cut off,” he added.
“We are aware of our responsibilities and all possible diplomatic steps are being taken in this regard,” he said, adding that “Indian designs will be unveiled” before the global community.
The minister said that he took up the issue with other Islamic countries and suggested that an OIC meeting of foreign ministers should be convened. He added that he received positive response in this regard.
Talking about Indian steps to “jeopardise regional peace and security situation”, Qureshi said that India has cut the fence along the line of control from five points and installed BrahMos and spike missiles. “What does this indicate?” he questioned.
He added that India itself was divided over the newly passed citizenship law and quoted Indian political leader P. Chidambaram as saying that the legislation was in violation of the Indian constitution and would be struck down by Indian courts.
The foreign minister said that although the Indian judiciary didn’t fulfill expectations of people in the Babri mosque case, it will quash this controversial law.
He said that the controversial legislation crossed all thresholds of tolerance in India, pointing out that since protests against the law erupted, 25 people have been killed, hundreds have been arrested, and thousands of cases have been lodged. Irreparable loss to the image of India has been done among the global community, he said.
Qureshi said that India appeared to be divided into secular and Hindutwa philosophy under the current Modi government.
He said all the minorities and educated Hindus are protesting against Citizenship Amendment Act 2019 across the country.
He said there is a protest-like environment in the entire country as twenty-five people have so far been killed in the current tension.
Qureshi said Chief Ministers of five states have refused to implement the controversial Citizenship Amendment Act.
Foreign Minister said that international newspapers and magazines are carrying articles of criticism of the Indian government that is pursuing the Hindutwa agenda.
He said Indian government carried out communication blackout in occupied Kashmir after imposing curfew there for five months, but the entire India cannot be put under curfew and the world saw the real face of India.
He said he has sent his seventh letter to UN Security Council president, apprising him of situation on the ground.
He said UN Military Observers Group should brief the UN Security Council about the situation prevailing along the Line of Control.
Responding to a question about NAB Amendment Ordinance, Qureshi said PPP and PML-N desired review of the NAB law and now as government has proposed some amendments, the opposition parties are trying to give it a new color. He said the matter can be resolved through mutual consultations.

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