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Pak FM Qureshi calls Mirwaiz, discuss Kashmir issue

Pak FM Qureshi calls Mirwaiz, discuss Kashmir issue
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Islamabad: Pakistan’s Foreign Minister Shah MahmoodQureshi Tuesday telephoned Hurriyat leader Mirwaiz Umar Farooq and discussed with him Islamabad’s efforts to highlight the Kashmir issue.
Though there was no immediate reaction from the Ministry of External Affairs but Qureshi’s move may not go down well with India, which maintains that Kashmir is a bilateral issue and there is no space for any third party.
The Foreign Office said Qureshi spoke with Mirwaiz and discussed with him the efforts of Pakistan’s government to highlight the Kashmir issue.
Qureshi also mentioned the June 2018 report issued by the Office of the High Commissioner for Human Rights and a report of the UK Parliament, the FO said in a statement.
He also emphasised that India should permit the visit of the Commission of Inquiry, as envisaged in both reports.
The Foreign Minister also informed Mirwaiz Umar Farooq of the upcoming events, being organized in London at the House of Commons and the exhibition being held in London on 4-5 February 2019 respectively.
These, again, are efforts to highlight the centrality of Jammu and Kashmir dispute and the grave human rights violations against the Kashmiri people, by India, which are being widely condemned and need to be immediately stopped.
Mirwaiz Umar Farooq greatly appreciated the efforts of the Government of Pakistan and emphasized that the Indian atrocities shall never be able to suppress the will of the people of Jammu and Kashmir, who will continue to raise their voice against severe Indian repression and in the face of Indian black laws.
He also said that he would have wanted to be present for the London events, but his passport and those of his contemporaries, had been confiscated by the government of India, to prevent them from travelling abroad. (PTI)


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