Pakistani Foreign Minister Shah Mahmood Qureshi on Thursday (Jan 16) while speaking at a discussion held by the Center for Strategic and International Studies, once again took a dig at decisive foreign policies of Nraendra Modi led Indian government and said that BJP mislead the international community on Pulwama issue and construed Pakistan’s desire for peace as its weakness.
He said Pakistan wants peace for development and for this purpose, it opened Kartarpur Corridor not only for India but for the entire world. Qureshi while talking about Indian Occupied Kashmir said that, India has been seeking to break the will of Kashmiris by imprisoning them in their homes and imposing a communications blockade.
“Thousands of Kashmiris, particularly young boys, have been imprisoned, tortured. Even children as young as nine have not been spared,” he said.
About ongoing standoff between the United States and Iran, Shah Mahmood Qureshi said Pakistan is a partner of peace and wants solution to the issue through diplomatic means. Turning to Afghanistan, he said establishing peace in Afghanistan is a shared responsibility of all the stakeholders. He said increase in trade activities between Pakistan and Afghanistan is in the interest of both the countries.
Jammu and Kashmir has been under continuous lockdown since Aug. 5 last year when India scrapped provisions of Article 370 of its Constitution that provided a certain degree of autonomy and protected the region’s demographic character.
India and Pakistan both hold Kashmir in parts and claim it in full. China also controls part of the contested region, but it is India and Pakistan which have fought two wars over Kashmir.
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17 November, 2019