Pakistan mulling 'Other Options' to deal with deteriorating situation in Occupied Kashmir
Islamabad is considering ‘other options’ to deal with the deteriorating security situation in the aftermath of India’s illegal move to scrap special status of Occupied Jammu and Kashmir, fearing more bloodshed in the valley.
“We fear more bloodshed in coming days in the Occupied Kashmir,” Foreign Minister Shah Mehmood Qureshi said while addressing a news conference in Islamabad on Saturday. “We are considering ‘other options’ as well… we hope there’s no bloodshed, but we see things moving towards further escalation in tension,” he added.
The minister went on to say that the government does not want to consider ‘military options’. “However, we reserve the right to defend our motherland in event of any misadventure,” he added.
The foreign minister also said China has decided to fully support Pakistan on Kashmir issue amid New Delhi’s attempts to change the demography of the disputed area and ethnic cleansing of Kashmiris.
Qureshi also made an appeal to the nation to wave Occupied Kashmir’s flag along with Pakistan’s flag to show solidarity with the people of IOK on August 14. “The whole nation should chant slogans of *Kashmir banega Pakistan*,” he added.