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Don’t live in ‘fool’s paradise’: Qureshi

Don’t live in ‘fool’s paradise’: Qureshi
Shah Mahmood Qureshi (File)
ISLAMABAD, AUG 13 (IANS) | Publish Date: 8/13/2019 12:24:41 PM IST

Pakistan’s Foreign Minister Shah Mahmood Qureshi has asked his countrymen not to live in a “fool’s paradise” as he highlighted that it will not be easy for Islamabad to get the support of the UN Security Council as well as from the Muslim world against India’s decision to withdraw Jammu and Kashmir’s special status. 

Addressing the media in Muzaffarabad in Pakistan-occupied Kashmir on Monday, Qureshi asked Pakistanis to “wage a new struggle” to get the support of the UNSC members.

“You (people) should not in live fool’s paradise. Nobody will be standing there (in the UNSC) with garlands in hands...Nobody will be there waiting for you,” he said.

India has categorically told the international community that its move to scrap Article 370 of the Constitution removing the special status to Jammu and Kashmir is an internal matter and has also advised Pakistan to “accept the reality”. 

Without naming any Muslim country, Qureshi also said the “guardians of Ummah (Islamic community)” might also not back Pakistan on the Kashmir issue due to their economic interest. “Different people in the world have their own interests. India is a market of (over) billion people...A lot of people have invested there (India). We often talks about Ummah and Islam but the guardians of Ummah have also made investments there (India) and they have their own interests,” he said.

Qureshi’s statement came two days after Russia becomes the first UNSC member to back India’s move on Jammu and Kashmir, saying that the changes in the status are within the framework of the Indian Constitution. 

“We proceed from fact that the changes associated with the change in the status of the state of Jammu and Kashmir and its division into two union territories are carried out within the framework of the Constitution of the Republic of India,” the Ministry of Foreign Affairs of Russia said in a response to questions on Friday last.

The US has also maintained a neutral stand on the issue, saying that there is no change in its policy on Kashmir as it called on India and Pakistan to maintain restraint and hold direct dialogue to resolve their differences.

China, the all-weather ally of Pakistan, has objected to the formation of Ladakh as Union Territory by India. However, at the same time, Beijing has told Qureshi that it regarded both India and Pakistan as “friendly neighbours” and wants them to resolve the Kashmir issue through UN resolutions and the Simla agreement.

Qureshi had air-dashed to Beijing on Friday last week to seek Islamabad’s support on Kashmir. 

Pak PM to celebrate Independence Day in PoK

Pakistan Prime Minister Imran Khan will celebrate the Independence Day of Pakistan (August 14) in PoK where he is scheduled to address the legislative assembly after India revoked Article 370 of the Constitution which gave special status to Jammu and Kashmir.

According to the Pakistan Prime Minister’s office, Imran Khan, accompanied by several ministers, will fly to Muzaffarabad on August 14 and hold an all-parties’ conference there. He will be presented with a Guard of Honour. 

“The Pak PM will be travelling by helicopter for his one-day trip to PoK, along with other ministers,” the Prime Minister’s office said. 

Besides, he will also hold meetings with other political representatives, including the All Parties Hurriyat Conference members and other Kashmiri leaders.

Pakistan Foreign Minister Shah Mehmood Qureshi had visited Muzaffarabad on the occasion of Eid on Monday and had prepared the ground for Imran Khan’s visit. 

“Pakistani nation and political leadership is united on the issue of Kashmir and one voice will be sounded on August 14 in support of Kashmiris.” Qureshi had said. Pakistan has already announced that it will observe August 15, Indian Independence Day, as a ‘black’ day. 

In a tweet, on Sunday, Imran Khan had lashed out at the Narendra Modi government and compared the ideology of the RSS to that of the Nazis.

 

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