FM Qureshi seeks lifting of curfew in IoK

By Arhama Altaf - Web Editor

11th September, 2019

Foreign Minister Shah Mahmood Qureshi says third party mediation is the only option to resolve the festering Kashmir dispute.

In an interview, he said the officials have reportedly included Kashmir issue in the agenda of their expected meeting with Indian leaders, which is a welcoming development.

The Foreign Minister said India will have to act upon the UN resolutions and international laws.

He urged New Delhi to immediately lift curfew and give right to live to the people of Occupied Kashmir.

He said children are unable to go to their schools and patients are deprived of medical facilities there.

Shah Mahmood Qureshi said facts about the real situation in the held valley are not coming out due to communications blackout there.

He appreciated the role of international media and international human rights organizations in highlighting the Kashmir issue.

Regarding Afghanistan, he said Pakistan played a proactive role to bring Taliban to dialogue table for maintaining peace and stability in the region.

He said Islamabad believes that military option is no solution to the Afghan issue.

Foreign Minister Shah Mahmood Qureshi has called for immediate lifting of curfew from occupied Kashmir.

He was interacting with the international and Pakistan media in Geneva on Wednesday and sensitized on Humanitarian crisis and tragedy in the making in Indian Occupied Kashmir.

The Foreign Minister said parents are unable to send their children to schools out of fear and because of total communication blackout. He said youth, including girls, are being picked by the Indian occupation forces, how humiliate them.

He said situation in occupied Kashmir is turning grave as there is lack of food and health facilities in the held valley.

The Minister said Tuesday’s joint statement of 58 countries supported Pakistan’s view point, which is encouraging.

Shah Mahmood Qureshi said that establishment of a commission of inquiries to ascertain human rights violations and precarious situation in Indian Occupied is also encouraging.

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