Illegal act by Indian Govt has been resonating internationally: FM
Foreign Minister Shah Mahmood Qureshi said the joint session deliberated in detail the implications of Indian act of revocation of special Status of Kashmir. He said members from various political parties were unanimous in their condemnation of illegal Indian act and united in their support for Kashmiri brethren.
He said in all international media outlets, concern has been expressed on this development. He said he had gone to Saudi Arabia to perform Hajj but he sacrificed it to express solidarity with people of Kashmir and Pakistan by attending the joint session of Parliament.
Shah Mahmood Qureshi said the illegal act by Indian government has been resonating internationally. He said India has always had tried to put the Kashmir issue on back burner. He said the act of 5th August by India has been frowned upon, even by conscious people in India and have termed this act of grave mistake.
The Foreign Minister said Kashmiris have a long history of struggle against Indian subjugation. Various Kashmir factions have become united on opposing the Indian move. He challenged India to lift the curfew restrictions and see response of Kashmiri population on revocation of Kashmir’s special status.
Foreign Minister said Kashmiris are looking towards Pakistan and the response of their Parliament. He said for the first time use of cluster ammunition has been used by India on innocent Kashmiris as it violates the international norms and Geneva Convention.
Shah Mahmood Qureshi said India stealthily moved the resolution of annexation of Kashmir. He said he, on first of August, sent a letter to UN Secretary General seeking his intervention to stop human rights violations in Occupied Kashmir and India’s plans to change the Status of Kashmir. The letter urged the UN Secretary General to distribute this among all members of UNSC. He said we sent a letter to EU on third of this month apprising them of deteriorating situation.
Earlier, on 31st July the Kashmir Committee of the Parliament was informed of the Kashmir situation. After the India decision, OCI Secretary General was contacted and informed to Pakistan concerns. He said same was done to apprise the Foreign Ambassadors based in Islamabad. He said convening of joint session of the Parliament is also part of the process.
Shah Mehmood Qureshi said in today’s meeting of National Security Committee it has been decided to downgrade diplomatic ties and to suspend bilateral trade relations with India.
The meeting decided to review all bilateral arrangements with India. The meeting decided to take the matter to the United Nations, including the Security Council.
It was further decided that Independence Day this 14 August to be observed in solidarity with brave Kashmiris and their just struggle for their right of self-determination while 15th August will be observed as Black Day.