Kashmir Committee briefed by Foreign Minister on Kashmir, regional situation

Staff Reporter

 

ISLAMABAD – A meeting of the Parliament’s Special Committee on Kashmir chaired by Chairman Shehryar Afridi was held at the Ministry of Foreign Affairs. Prime Minister of Azad Kashmir Raja Farooq Haider, Foreign Minister Shah Mehmood Qureshi, Special Assistant for National Security Moeed Yousaf and other members of Kashmir Committee / Parliamentarians attended.Foreign Minister Makhdoom Shah Mehmood Qureshi congratulated Shehryar Afridi on taking over as Chairman of Parliamentary Committee on Kashmir.  Chairman Parliamentary Kashmir Committee Shehryar Afridi thanked the members of the committee for attending the meeting and extended special thanks to Azad Kashmir Prime Minister Raja Farooq Haider and Foreign Minister Makhdoom Shah Mehmood Qureshi for their participation.At the beginning of the meeting, a special prayer was offered for the solace of the martyrs of Kashmir. The Kashmir Committee will raise the issue of Kashmir at every forum and will play its role in activating parliamentary oversight as well as inter-agency relations, said Shahryar Khan Afridi.  Kashmir and Pakistan are one and the same.  No one can separate Kashmir from Pakistan, he said. Shahriar Khan Afridi said that if millions of Americans can take to the streets for George Floyd despite the Coronavirus disease, then Pakistanis are also ready to take to the streets over the Kashmir issue.  Foreign Minister Makhdoom Shah Mehmood Qureshi gave a detailed briefing to the members of the committee on the situation in Indian occupied Jammu and Kashmir and the region.

The Foreign Minister highlighted the unilateral steps taken by India on August 5 and the subsequent threats to peace and order in the region and Pakistan’s efforts to address these implications. I had contacts with the Foreign Ministers of more than 40 countries and in these contacts, I also raised the issue of Indian attempt to change the demographic ratio in Occupied Kashmir by changing the domicile rules, said Makhdoom Shah Mehmood Qureshi.  He said he has sent letters to the President of the Security Council and the Secretary-General of the United Nations, informing the international community of the threats to peace and order in the entire region due to Indian intentions. Makhdoom Shah Mehmood Qureshi said Pakistan has sincerely played and will continue to play its conciliatory role for peace in Afghanistan.  This is the first regular meeting of the Parliamentary Kashmir Committee chaired by Chairman Shehryar Afridi.