Pakistan

'Kashmir Cell' to be constituted in Foreign Ministry: Shah Mehmood Qureshi

'Kashmir Cell' to be constituted in Foreign Ministry: Shah Mehmood Qureshi

ISLAMABAD – Following critical examination of the current intense situation in occupied Kashmir by the eight-member Kashmir Committee chaired by Foreign Minister Shah Mehmood Qureshi on Saturday, the minister held a joint press conference with Inter-Services Public Relations (ISPR) Director General Maj Gen Asif Ghafoor.

Shah Mehmood Qureshi stated that the Kashmir Committee has decided to constitute ‘Kashmir Cell’ in the Foreign Ministry of Pakistan.

In this regard, Kashmir Desks will be formed in embassies of Pakistan in several countries "in order to carry out effective communication on the matter."

It was the first meeting of the committee and all members, including representatives from the opposition had put forward their opinion for proceeding with the Kashmir dispute.

“The Kashmir conflict has been raised at the highest diplomatic forum after five decades,” he said, adding that the whole nation was united on the matter.

“Despite India’s opposition, the occurrence of United Nations Security Council’s meeting [on Kashmir] is an achievement,” he added.

“The parliament approved unanimous resolution at a joint session […] this is a long fight and we have to fight at every front.”

"The Organisation of Islamic Cooperation (OIC) and the United Nations Security Council (UNSC) have both responded positively to Pakistan s call for the Kashmir issue to be taken up. The OIC has called for an immediate end to the curfew in occupied Kashmir," he stated.

The minister said that Indian prime minister Narendra Modi had buried Indian National Congress’ leader Jawaharlal Nehru’s India as “there’s a huge difference between both.

He further said that this is the first time that international media has openly come out in occupied Kashmir’s support and asked questions regarding India’s recent actions.

The minister expressed his gratitude to the media in covering the developments in occupied Kashmir, while stating that the media should have a "unified stance on matters of national security."