Europe should play its role over the Kashmir issue: Shah Mehmood Qureshi

Arhama AltafWeb Editor

01st Sep, 2019. 09:16 pm
FM hopes that EU will raise voice for Kashmiris

Minister for Foreign Affairs Shah Mehmood Qureshi on Sunday said the European Parliament during its discussion on Occupied Kashmir on Monday would hopefully raise its voice for the plight of Kashmiris who had been facing curfew and other restrictions for the past almost one month at the hand of Indian forces in the occupied Kashmir.

Talking to reporters here at the Karachi Airport, he said Indian Prime Minister Narendra Modi had to face embarrassment in his attempts to prevent the Kashmir issue to be highlighted internationally.

Qureshi said Europe should play its role over the Kashmir issue.

The European Parliament was expected to deliberate on the Modi government’s illegal actions in the Indian Occupied Kashmir (IOK) and raise voice against human rights violations in the disputed territory, he added.

He called for the release of thousands of Kashmiris imprisoned by the Indian authorities after the revocation of the special constitutional status of the IOK on August 5.

He criticized Indian brutalities, and incessant curfew and other restrictions in the occupied territory.

There was no precedent in the history of the suppression of the freedom of association and freedom of press which the Modi government had resorted to in the IOK.

Answering a question, he said the Gulf countries stood by Pakistan over the Kashmir conflict.

He referred to a consensus statement from the Organization of Islamic Cooperation (OIC) and appreciated their stance over Kashmir.

He thanked the opposition for supporting the government in the assemblies over Kashmir, and hoped that they would also join the government in future protests on it.

Replying to another question about airspace closure to India, he said it was under consideration.

The prime minister would decide on it at a suitable time, he said, adding the government’s decisions were taken keeping in view both pros and cons of an action.

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