Kashmir's six political parties statement vindicates Pakistan's stance: Qureshi
Foreign Minister Shah Mehmood Qureshi Monday termed six political parties of Indian Illegaly Occupied and Jammu Kashmir (IIOJ&K) statement to fight for the restoration of the special status under Article 370 and 35A as important development that reiterated Pakistan’s stance on IOK.
The BJB Hindutva government stripped special status to Kashmiris on August 5, 2019 setting off widespread anger and economic ruin amid a harsh security clampdown.
Shah Mehmood Qureshi lauded the development in which four pro-India Kashmiri political parties and two Indian political parties, including the main opposition Congress Party, said in a joint statement that India’s move unrecognizably changed the relationship between the region and New Delhi. It called the changes spitefully shortsighted and unconstitutional and sought to collectively fight them, reported foreign media.
“We want to assure the people that all our political activities will be subservient to the sacred goal of reverting to the status of J&K as it existed on 4th August 2019,” the statement issued by the six political parties said.
Foreign Minister was addressing a news conference on Monday in Islamabad.
Shah Mehmood said that if the world had accepted India’s integral part claim on the IOK, then the United Nations would not have conducted three sessions on the IOK situation.
He said India has been giving the impression that the situation in the occupied valley is on a normalization track but contrary to claims, the whole valley is under strictest curfew.
Foreign Minister also quoted an internationally acclaimed organization, International Crisis Group (ICG) report that termed the IOK situation as “mass indigenous resistance”.
Nobody is buying that narrative of India of blaming everything on neighbours, anymore, “Shah Mehmood said.
Shah Mehmood Qureshi said Pakistan and Saudi Arabia have heartfelt relations which cannot be harmed.
“When we are related to each other, then there are expectations from each other and there should be expectations from friends,” Foreign Minister further said.
Qureshi said “Pakistan and Saudi Arabia has same stance on Israel,”
Pakistan’s stance on Israel
Shah Mehmood said Pakistan’s position is clear and in accordance with the aspirations of the nation. He clarified, “There is no pressure on us regarding Israel and we will not accept any pressure in future.”
“Clear majority of Muslim Ummah will not accept Israel” he said
“China Pakistan Economic Corridor (CPEC) is a regional connectivity project for the entire region,” Shah Mehmood Qureshi said.
Qureshi taking a clear stance said whatsoever India will say, Pakistan will continue its pace on CPEC. He said speed on CPEC will be increased and the project will be moved forward.
Foreign Minister said that Chinese President Xi Jinping's visit to Pakistan will be of “extraordinary nature”.
It is pertinent to note that Pakistan Foreign Office on Sunday strongly rejected the unwarranted and irresponsible comments made by the Spokesperson of the Indian Ministry of External Affairs (MEA) on the Joint Press Release of the Second Round of China-Pakistan Foreign Ministers’ Strategic Dialogue.
Qureshi referring to his 21st August meeting with State Councilor and Foreign Minister Wang Yi of the People’s Republic of China on the 2nd Round of China-Pakistan Foreign Ministers’ Strategic Dialogue in Hainan Province, China, said that China has enforced Pakistan’s stance.
“The Chinese side reiterated that the Kashmir issue is a dispute left over from history between India and Pakistan, which is an objective fact, and that the dispute should be resolved peacefully and properly through the UN Charter, relevant Security Council resolutions and bilateral agreements,” the joint statement issued read.
Afghanistan Peace Process
Shah Mehmood Qureshi said, “There is a large section of people in Afghanistan who believe that Pakistan has an important role to play in Afghanistan's peace, stability and development. Problems arise but Afghan people and officials want peace. India always wished to sabotage the peace process in Afghanistan.”
He said, “Afghans have a role to play in their future. We cannot impose any solution on them.”
The Foreign Minister said intra-Afghan talks should start soon.
It is pertinent to note that a delegation of Afghan Taliban has arrived on Pakistan’s invitation.
Qureshi said, “The visit of the Afghan Taliban delegation is important for the progress of the Afghan peace process. This visit will be important and the obstacles will be removed. This consultative process is important for stability in Afghanistan.”
The Foreign Minister said he will have a detailed meeting with the Afghan Taliban delegation on Tuesday (tomorrow).
The Foreign Minister said that China is supporting the whole peace process in Afghanistan.
Shah Mehmood Qureshi has also requested China to send an envoy on Afghanistan to Islamabad.