Modi has to restore Kashmir status: FM

Says India under pressure due to internal crisis | Reaffirms Pak support for a peaceful, stable Afghanistan

ISLAMABAD – Foreign Minister Shah Mehmood Qureshi yesterday said that Indian Prime Minister Narendra Modi will have to restore the Kashmir’s special status.

India, he said, was faced with immense pressure due to its internal deteriorating situation.

Qureshi said that he also briefed his Iraqi counterpart about the situation in the Indian illegally occupied Jammu and Kashmir. “Pakistan desires peace in the region,” he said in a statement.

He added: “Pakistan is now recognized by the world as a part of solution and not a part of problem due its successful foreign policy.”

The Foreign Minister termed the adoption of resolution on Palestine by the UN Human Rights Commission as a major success.

Separately, in a meeting with Speaker of Afghanistan’s Wolesi Jirga, Mir Rahman Rahmani here, the Foreign Minister reaffirmed Pakistan’s support for a peaceful, stable, democratic, sovereign and prosperous Afghanistan.

The Foreign Minister welcomed the visiting dignitary to Pakistan for 2nd General Conference of the Parliamentary Assembly of Economic Cooperation Organization, May 31-June 3

FM Qurteshi underlined that strong fraternal ties with Afghanistan were based on centuries-old bonds and affinities between the people of the two countries. He stressed the need to deepen bilateral ties and underscored the importance of parliamentary interactions in this regard.

He highlighted Pakistan’s constructive efforts for facilitating the Afghan peace process. He reiterated Pakistan’s long-held view that there was no military solution to the Afghan conflict and that a negotiated political settlement was the only way forward.

The Foreign Minister underlined the imperative of reduction in violence leading to ceasefire. The Foreign Minister expressed hope that the Afghan parties would seize this historic opportunity and workout an inclusive, broad-based and comprehensive political settlement for durable peace and stability in Afghanistan and the region.

The Foreign Minister emphasized the need to be vigilant about the role of “spoilers”, both within and outside Afghanistan. He stressed the importance of maintaining a constructive and conducive environment for advancing shared goals.

The Foreign Minister also underlined the need to utilize the available forums including Afghanistan-Pakistan Action Plan for Peace and Solidarity to address all matters of bilateral interest.

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