Shah Mehmood Qureshi, Foreign Minister of Pakistan has said that the world must let Kashmir speak and be heard.
In an opinion article published in CNN Online, Qureshi said that nearly two decades ago, US President Bill Clinton called Kashmir the most dangerous place in the world.
He said, “On his mind undoubtedly were India and Pakistan’s nuclear capabilities and the risk that the internationally recognized dispute over Jammu and Kashmir may lead to a major war with catastrophic consequences,”
Qureshi said that on August 5, India unilaterally announced the repeal of the special autonomous status accorded to Jammu and Kashmir as part of its constitution.
“What has followed has reminded the world of the extremism and xenophobia that still plagues it. It has forced everyone from international media to human rights organizations and legislators in the Western world to call the right-wing Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP)-led Indian government out on its actions,” he wrote.
FM added that Pakistan has continuously been trying to engage the international community over the Kashmir crisis, also insisted on an immediate end to the curfew and communications shutdown. Further asked that human rights organizations and international media be allowed to visit Kashmir.
Shah Mehmood added that in the UN, PM tried to bring the world’s attention to the plight of Kashmiris imploring the world to rise for justice and support the Kashmiris’ right to self-determination.
FM concluded by stating that Pakistan had called for a peaceful settlement of the Kashmir dispute, but felt that India was not a voice of reason and tolerance and could do anything to divert attention of his actions in Kashmir.
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