ISLAMABAD (9 News) – Foreign Minister (FM) Shah Mehmood Qureshi has said that India wants to divert attention of the world from Indian Occupied Kashmir (IoK) as humanitarian crisis is emerging in Jammu region valley.
Addressing a ceremony on Thursday, the foreign minister said on August 5, India sought to further consolidate its illegal and immoral occupation of IoK in violation of numerous UNSC resolutions and international law.
FM Qureshi said the inhuman lockdown of eight million people continuing for over 70 days is imposing unspeakable sufferings and humanitarian crisis on the people of occupied valley. He said we will continue to stand by Kashmiris in their just struggle for realization of the right to self-determination.
India resorted to war mongering nuclear threats
The minister mentioned that India’s hegemonic pretensions present a clear danger to regional stability, and to Pakistan’s security. He also said India resorts to war-mongering and issues nuclear threats including for short term domestic electoral gains.
He also said Indian refuses to bilaterally engage dialogue and rejects proposals aimed at risk reduction, confidence-building and nuclear and missile restraint.
“Pakistan desires peace and strategic stability in order to focus on its socio-economic development agenda,” FM Qureshi said. “Our conduct continues to be defined by restraint and responsibility, and the avoidance of an arms race. Pakistan, however, cannot remain oblivious to the evolving security dynamics in its immediate neighbourhood,” he added.
Pakistan supported Afghan peace talks in Doha, Abu Dhabi
Referring to Afghanistan, FM Qureshi said Pakistan is fully supporting peace and reconciliation, to be achieved through an Afghan-led and Afghan-owned process. “We have supported all rounds of Afghan peace talks in Doha and Abu Dhabi. We hope that the US-Taliban talks recommence and lead to intra-Afghan negotiations,” he maintained.
Determined to execute CPEC projects
The minister said China remains our closest friend and a steadfast partner. “We are determined to execute CPEC projects and, in our recent visit to China, have proposed more projects for Chinese investment that can rejuvenate and consolidate our economy,” he said.