Pakistan mulls other options fearing bloodshed in IOK: Qureshi

China assured full support to Pakistan at UNSC on Kashmir issue: Foreign Minister

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ISLAMABAD
Pakistan is considering other options to deal with the deteriorating security situation in the aftermath of India’s illegal move to scrap special status of Occupied Jammu and Kashmir, fearing more bloodshed in the valley. We fear more bloodshed in coming days in Occupied Kashmir, Foreign Minister Shah Mehmood Qureshi said while addressing a news conference here on Saturday. We are considering other options’ as well… we hope there’s no bloodshed, but we see things moving towards further escalation in tension, he added.
The minister went on to say that the government does not want to consider military options. However, we reserve the right to defend our motherland in event of any misadventure, he added. The foreign minister also said China has decided to fully support Pakistan on Kashmir issue amid New Delhi’s attempts to change the demography of the disputed area and ethnic cleansing of Kashmiris.
Qureshi visited Beijing on August 9-10 and had wide-ranging consultations with the Chinese leadership. He stressed that no unilateral step could change the internationally recognised disputed nature of IOK. As part of its [India’s] reckless approach there could be some false flag operation and Pakistan blamed on the fake pretext of ‘terrorism’, he underlined, according to a statement issued by the Foreign Office today.
The two sides agreed that they would closely coordinate and consult each other on the evolving developments. Qureshi, during today’s presser, also made an appeal to the nation to wave Occupied Kashmir’s flag along with Pakistan’s flag to show solidarity with the people of IOK on August 14. The whole nation should chant slogans of Kashmir banega Pakistan, he added. The foreign minister said that an increase in the region’s security measures and heightened human rights violations in Occupied Kashmir are two negative consequences of India’s August 5 move.
Earlier, Foreign Minister Shah Mehmood Qureshi here on Saturday called on Prime Minister Imran Khan and briefed him about his visit to China. In a meeting held here at the Prime Minister’s Office, FM Qureshi apprised PM Imran Khan about his engagement with Chinese foreign minister. He also updated the prime minister about Chinese viewpoint on Indian aggression.
The foreign minister said, China has assured to support Islamabad’s narrative on Kashmir issue in the United Nations Security Council. Earlier in the day, Foreign Minister Shah Mehmood Qureshi had claimed that China fully supported Pakistan’s stance on occupied Kashmir.
Briefing the media about his China visit, FM Qureshi had said that Beijing extended its full support to Pakistan’s decision to go to United Nations Security Council against India’s recent move to strip occupied Kashmir of its special status through a presidential decree.
He had said that China again proved to be a true friend of Pakistan and added that Beijing considered the recent Indian move unilateral. The foreign minister had said that he conveyed Pakistan’s viewpoint on Kashmir during his meetings with Chinese leadership. FM Qureshi said that Beijing extended its full support to Pakistan’s decision to go to United Nations Security Council against India’s recent move to strip occupied Kashmir of its special status through a presidential decree.
He said that China again proved to be a true friend of Pakistan and added that Beijing considered the recent Indian move unilateral. The foreign minister said that he conveyed Pakistan’s viewpoint on Kashmir during his meetings with Chinese leadership.
On the occasion, 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. Prime Minister Imran Khan to present the case of Kashmiris before the UN, he added.
Earlier on August 7, Foreign Minister Shah Mehmood Qureshi had said that India violated Simla agreement by revoking special status of occupied Kashmir. Addressing the joint session of the parliament in Islamabad, Qureshi had 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.

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