Foreign Minister Shah Mehmood Qureshi severely criticized the Indian government’s move to strip Occupied Kashmir off the special status under its constitution. Speaking to local news channel on Monday(August 5), the minister said: “If India thinks that Kashmir issue can be resolved by a constitutional amendment then they are in fool’s paradise.”
There was no ethical or legal basis for altering the constitution, Qureshi said, highlighting that India has violated its commitments made in the United Nations with this move. “Today, India has given an international significance to the Kashmir dispute.”
He said people of the occupied Kashmir openly opposed the move of the BJP government and “India cannot change the public opinion by amending the constitution.” Pakistan wishes to peacefully solve this issue, the minister asserted.
As per Qureshi, Pakistan wanted to mutually settle this matter on the table, however, India further entangled the Kashmir issue today. “The right to self-determination of Kashmiris can not be changed by any [constitutional] amendment,” he vehemently mentioned.
“There are several resolutions of the United Nations Security Council on this and they have accepted this as a disputed territory…Indian Prime Minister Vajpayee had accepted this as a disputed territory,” said the foreign minister.
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