PM successfully internationalized Kashmir issue: FM

Akram/Karrar – September 29, 2019

Foreign Minister Shah Mahmood Qureshi says Prime Minister Imran Khan successfully internationalized the issue of Kashmir, which has been lying dormant for the last five decades.

Talking to Radio Pakistan’s News and Current Affairs Channel, he said India has been badly exposed for its human rights violations and atrocities in the Occupied Kashmir as the Indian media has started criticizing this as well.

The Foreign Minister said post prime minister’s speech, there have been 23 incidents, wherein people staged protest defying the curfew in different parts of Occupied Kashmir.

He said there were fireworks in Occupied Kashmir, the night Imran Khan addressed the UN General Assembly.

Qureshi said a large number of Pakistani and British citizens are protesting in Manchester today against the human rights violations and the lockdown in Occupied Kashmir.

To a question, Shah Mahmood Qureshi said the Pakistani team has excellent bilateral interactions with global leaders, think-tanks, the media, civil society, and diaspora, where it put across the point of view of Kashmiris.

He said Imran Khan had 70 interactions with world leaders during his stay in New York.

The Foreign Minister said he, too, had 50 interactions, taking the tally of such communications to 120 in just six days.

Shah Mahmood Qureshi said that many countries stood by Pakistan’s stance on the crisis in Kashmir and also mentioned the illegal occupation of Jammu and Kashmir in their statements for which we are thankful to them.

He especially thanked Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan, Malaysian Prime Minister Mahathir Muhammad, and Chinese Foreign Minister Wang Yi.

He also thanked UN Secretary General António Guterres, who acknowledged situation in Kashmir as an issue, which needs immediate attention.

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