Modi-led govt will have to restore IIOJK's special status: FM Qureshi

Pakistan is now recognized by the world as a part of the solution to its successful foreign policy, the FM adds

News Desk June 01, 2021
Foreign Minister Shah Mahmood Qureshi is seen, ahead of an agreement signing between members of Afghanistan's Taliban delegation and US officials in Doha, Qatar February 29, 2020. PHOTO: REUTERS/FILE

Foreign Minister Shah Mahmood Qureshi reiterated on Tuesday that the Narendra Modi-led Indian government would have to restore the special status of Indian Illegally Occupied Jammu and Kashmir (IIOJK).

"India is faced with immense pressure due to its deteriorating internal situation," the foreign minister said in a statement.

Qureshi added that Pakistan was now recognized by the world as a part of the solution and not a part of the problem due to its successful foreign policy.

About his recent visit to Iraq, Qureshi said that he briefed his Iraqi counterpart about the situation in IIOJK and reiterated that Pakistan desired peace in the region.

Earlier, FM Qureshi said that Pakistan greatly valued its relations with Iraq.

Speaking to his Iraqi counterpart Fuad Hussein in Baghdad, Qureshi said the fraternal relations between the two countries are deep-rooted in common history, religion and cultural values.

He added that there are vast opportunities for cooperation between the two countries in the areas of trade, investment, education, technology, and infrastructure development.

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Qureshi maintained that both Pakistan and Iraq can share their experiences in the fight against terrorism.

While talking to the Iraqi diplomat, Qureshi further stated that resolution of the Palestine issue is imperative for peace in the Middle East and IIOJK dispute for peace in South Asia.

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

The FM further said that said Pakistan enjoyed cordial relations with the United Arab Emirates and it desired to further strengthen this relationship in future.


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