Pakistan Foreign Minister Blames India For Rupturing The Afghan Peace Process

Pakistan Foreign Minister Shah Mehmood Qureshi stated that Indian Army’s aggression at the Line of Control (near Jammu and Kashmir) is negatively affecting the Afghan Peace Process.

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Earlier, the Pakistani government have evacuated all Chinese nationals working near the Jammu and Kashmir border due to the unprovoked firing by the Indian Army. Pakistan’s Inter-Services Public Relations (ISPR) had earlier condemned a recent ceasefire violation by Indian Army which resulted in the deaths of two civilians in different villages in Pakistani Kashmir, saying that the extended frequency of attacks indicates their [New Delhi’s] frustration.

“It must be realised that the situation in Afghanistan cannot be viewed in isolation from the situation on the eastern border,” Qureshi said at a news conference accompanied by Kashmir Committee Chairman Syed Fakhar Imam.

“We cannot remain oblivious to the fact that our attention is diverted [because of the LoC ceasefire violations]. So obviously the situation in Afghanistan can be impacted and negative elements can play the role of a spoiler,” he added.

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“We have to see how to move forward given these facts.”

Qureshi also expressed concerns over India deploying 10,000 more troops in Jammu and Kashmir and tinkering with Article 35A and 370.

“It [Jammu and Kashmir] is already most militarized zone in the world”, Qureshi noted. “The parliament of Pakistan is unanimous on the stance that there can be no change in the status of Jammu and Kashmir,” he added. “Pakistan will oppose any attempt that violates the resolutions of the United Nations Security Council on Kashmir.”

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Qureshi also looked forward to PM Imran Khan’s visit to the upcoming session of the UN General Assembly in New York in September where the PM interact with global leaders and highlight the issue of Kashmir.

“The Kashmir dispute is a major impediment in attaining peace in South Asia and India is persistently avoiding dialogue with Pakistan,” the minister added.

The foreign minister expressed gratification that the international community had started realising the gravity of human rights violations in Jammu and Kashmir.