Qureshi likely to leave for Beijing to discuss Kashmir

Published: August 7, 2019

Foreign Minister Shah Mehmood Qureshi said on Wednesday he might leave for Beijing to consult with the Chinese leadership on how to proceed further after Indian Prime Minister Narendra Modi-led government’s move in Kashmir.

He made the remarks in a joint session of Parliament called after New Delhi stripped Indian Occupied Kashmir (IOK) of its special status with Indian forces trying to choke the Himalayan valley.

The foreign minister said that after the resolution on Kashmir is passed he might “dash off to Beijing.”

Indians, he added, were lambasting their government’s decision, and also refuted opposition claims that the government was caught off guard by the the Narendra Modi-led government’s actions.

The Indian government on Monday stripped Kashmiris of the special autonomy they had for seven decades through a rushed presidential order.

By repealing Article 370 of the constitution, people from the rest of India will now have the right to acquire property in Kashmir and settle there permanently.

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