Ready to face off Indian misadventure: Qureshi

Pak, Dutch FMs discuss situation in Occupied Kashmir

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ISLAMABAD: Foreign Minister Shah Mehmood Qureshi on Saturday warned that Pakistan army and the nation are ready to defend if India resorts to any misadventure in an attempt to divert the world’s attention from the ongoing lockdown in occupied Kashmir. Addressing a joint press conference with Director General Inter-Services Public Relations Major General Asif Ghafoor following a meeting of the country’s top brass on the situation in occupied Kashmir, Qureshi said it was possible India could resort to a misadventure to create diversion.

 

“India can [resort to] misadventure in its attempt to divert the world’s attention away from its actions in occupied Kashmir. The Pakistan army and the nation are ready to defend if India attempts any misadventure,” he said. Sharing details from the special committee meeting held prior to the media talk, which was attended by representatives from various institutions, Qureshi said a special cell on Kashmir would be constituted at the Pakistan Foreign Office, which would be responsible for devising a future course of action on the prevailing situation in occupied Kashmir, subject to his approval.

 

A Kashmir desk would also be established in all Pakistani embassies around the world in light of the ongoing crisis, the foreign minister announced. He lauded the historic United Nations Security Council (UNSC) meeting held on Friday, which saw the council members urge the parties involved to refrain from any unilateral action that may aggravate the situation.

 

“We achieved a [milestone] yesterday, which shocked India. The Kashmir issue was raised at a platform which is responsible for resolving the dispute,” he said.  Qureshi said the UNSC session was discussed at length during today’s meeting, along with the future plan of action that Pakistan would adopt in light of the meeting. “All the participants [of today’s meeting] agreed that Modi has murdered Nehru’s Hindustan.

 

Today, it is not Nehru’s Hindustan. It is Modi’s Hindustan,” the minister said.

Lauding the unbroken spirit of the people of Indian-occupied Kashmir, Qureshi noted that despite the curfew, Kashmiris came out of their houses to offer Friday prayers. “It was a glimpse into their emotions, into what it would be like after the curfew lifts,” he said.

 

Moreover,  Foreign Minister Makhdoom Shah Mahmood Qureshi discussed the current situation in the Indian occupied Jammu and Kashmir with his Netherlands counterpart Stef Blok in a telephonic conversation and highlighted India’s illegal and unilateral actions to alter the disputed status of Indian Occupied Jammu and Kashmir.   

     

He apprised the Dutch foreign minister of the deteriorating human rights and humanitarian situation in the Indian occupied Jammu and Kashmir, which had been under total lockdown and curfew since 5th August. The foreign minister said India was resorting to unprovoked firing along the Line of Control resulting in casualties on the Pakistan side.

 

Pakistan’s Foreign Minister Shah Mehmood Qureshi on Saturday termed Indian Defence Minister Rajnath Singh’s statement over a possible change in New Delhi’s ‘no first use’ nuclear policy as a “damning reminder of India’s unbridled thirst for violence.” Foreign Minister Shah Mehmood Qureshi on Twitter said history reminded us that a fascist warmongering state can never win.

 

Another damning reminder of India’s unbridled thirst for violence. Contrast to Pakistan’s aggressive efforts to galvanise diplomacy as UNSC met for 1st time formally since ‘65 on IOK validating International dispute status. History reminds fascist warmongering state can never win.

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