Pakistan seeks Azerbaijan support against India over Kashmir
ISLAMABAD, Sep 8 (APP): National Assembly Speaker Asad Qaiser Tuesday said Azerbaijan being an important country in Asia could play its role in the Organization of Islamic Cooperation (OIC) and other regional forums to raise the plight of people of Indian Illegally Occupied Kashmir.
The Kashmir issue was the flash point of South Asia and might trigger escalation if not peacefully settled as per aspirations of the Kashmiri people, he said during a meeting with Ambassador of Azerbaijan Ali Alizada here at the Parliament House.
The NA Speaker said the Indian government had stripped Kashmir of its autonomy and unique regional identity through the revocation of Article 370 and 35-A of its constitution. The decision to rescind the statute was followed by an organized brutal crackdown against innocent civilians, including women and children and crippling any sign of life in the illegally occupied Valley and other parts of the region, he added
Asad Qaisar said Pakistan and Azerbaijan had an enduring diplomatic relationship. The two countries not only had a similar cultural, religious, and geopolitical outlook but also similar views on regional and international issues.
The NA speaker underlined the need for closer inter-parliamentary relations between Pakistan and Azerbaijan. The Pak-Azerbaijan Parliamentary Friendship Group could be an apt forum to enhance those relations, he added.