ISLAMABAD: Foreign Minister Shah Mehmood Qureshi says Pakistan is ready to hold talks with India to resolve all outstanding issues, including Kashmir dispute, through peaceful means.
In an interview with Sky News, he said Pakistan has invited India to sit on the negotiating table for dialogue but New Delhi does not seem ready for it.
The Foreign Minister said India is committing gross human rights violations in Occupied Kashmir.
He said the reports of UN Human Rights Office and British Parliament’s All Parties Parliamentary Group on Kashmir have also acknowledged the atrocities being committed by Indian forces against innocent civilians in Occupied Kashmir.
Shah Mahmood Qureshi said even the sane voices from within India are talking about the way New Delhi is losing Kashmir.
He said the Kashmir issue should be resolved through a UN brokered plebiscite as promised by India and the United Nations and Kashmiri people should be given the right to decide their fate according to their own will.
Replying to a question, the Foreign Minister said Asia Bibi is a free person and it is up to her to live in Pakistan or go anywhere else. He said the government is providing due protection to her.
Meanwhile, Foreign Minister Shah Mehmood Qureshi sternly responded to Afghan President Ashraf Ghani, calling his statements, regarding Khyber Pakhtunkhwa and Balochistan, as ‘gross interference.’
In a series of tweets on Thursday, President Ashraf Ghani wrote that the Afghan government has “serious concerns about the violence perpetrated against peaceful protesters and civil activists in Khyber Pakhtunkhwa and Balochistan.”
To which, the Pakistani foreign minister retorted, “We reject the tweet by President Ashraf Ghani. Such irresponsible statements are only gross interference”.
Further schooling President Ghani, FM Qureshi wrote, “Afghan leadership needs to focus on long-standing serious grievances of the Afghan people.”
“Such irresponsible statements are only gross interference,” he remarked.
In another tweet, Ghani said, “We believe it is the moral responsibility of every government to support civil activities that take a stand against the terrorism and extremism that plagues and threatens our region and collective security. Otherwise there could be long-standing negative consequences.”
It is worth mentioning that Pakistan has been playing a vital role in bringing the United States and the Taliban to a negotiation table in order to conclude 17-year long Afghan conflict. – NNI