Qureshi reiterates support for Kashmir struggle

Urges the international community to come forward to rescue Kashmiris from Indian occupying forces

APP October 11, 2021
Foreign Minister Shah Mahmood Qureshi. PHOTO: APP/FILE


Foreign Minister Makhdoom Shah Mehmood Qureshi reiterated on Sunday that Pakistan was committed to providing political, diplomatic and moral support to Kashmiris in their struggle for the right to self-determination.

In a statement issued here, the foreign minister stated: "We stand side by side with the Kashmiri brethren in their struggle for their right to self-determination."

The top diplomat said that a detailed dossier based on the irrefutable evidence of the atrocities and war crimes committed in the occupied valley has been presented before the world and asserted that the country would continue making a strong case against the barbarism of the Indian army at every platform.

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"Kashmir has become a global issue rather than a regional one, and it must be resolved in accordance with United Nations resolutions," he stressed and urged the international community to put an end to the ongoing human rights violations in the IOK.

Speaking about the new reality in Afghanistan, the foreign minister said that peace in the neighbouring country was Pakistan’s top priority and “we believe that if there is peace in Afghanistan then there will be peace in the whole region”.

The world was witnessing our efforts to ensure peace in Afghanistan, he said, adding that Pakistan will continue its conciliatory efforts for peace and stability in the region, including the Afghan peace process.

He remarked that the pandemic had hit the world's strongest economies hard and to meet the challenges, Pakistan was focusing on economic diplomacy, promoting economic cooperation and enhancing regional ties.

Qureshi said that Pakistan's economy was on the right track with encouraging economic indicators. The Pakistanis have emerged as a strong nation after overcoming major challenges such as terrorism and the coronavirus.

“Significant progress has also been witnessed in the field of exports and agriculture. Due to effective policies of the incumbent government, sustainable development will continue in the public interest.”

The foreign minister maintained that Pakistan would achieve prominence in the world soon due to its progressive policies. He mentioned that the welfare of the Pakistani community abroad was one of the government's top priorities. The Pakistan embassies around the world were working for the welfare of overseas Pakistanis and trying to resolve their problems.

"I have directed diplomatic missions abroad to strive hard for the welfare of the Pakistani community therein," the FM added.


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