Every Pakistani on same page regarding Kashmir issue: FM


Foreign Minister Shah Mahmood Qureshi has said that everyone is on the same page regarding the issue of Kashmir.
The foreign minister said this on Tuesday while addressing an All Parties Conference (APC), which met here to form a consensus on the Kashmir dispute.
Qureshi said that Pakistani nation, political parties, and the armed forces are on the same page regarding Kashmir. “Despite torture, oppression, and imprisonment, India cannot dampen the spirits of Kashmiris,” Qureshi said, adding that the country has rejected India’s unconstitutional and unilateral move on August 5, 2019.
Chairman Senate, Speaker of National Assembly and representatives from JUI-F, Jamaat-e-Islami, ANP, PPP, PML-N, BNP, and others were present at the meeting held at the Foreign Office.
Later, talking to the media, the foreign minister appreciated the opposition parties for giving valuable inputs in the meeting.
He said the parties were also appreciative of the briefing given by the Foreign Office on the issue.
Qureshi said a special session of the Senate has been summoned on Wednesday (today) and a joint sitting of the parliament on Thursday to express solidarity with the Kashmiri people and give a clear and unanimous message to the Modi administration.
Separately, Qureshi said that the entire country is united on the issue of occupied Kashmir and will give ‘one message’ to India on the one-year anniversary of New Delhi’s August 5 move. “There is no confusion in our emotions or direction,” said the foreign minister.
Answering a question about Pakistan’s response and what more needs to be done, the foreign minister said that the struggle to provide the right of self-determination to the people of Kashmir is an ongoing one. “See, this is a struggle and it will have its ups and downs,” he said. “Our stance hasn’t changed and our destination is Srinagar. The locks and chains on the Jamia Masjid Srinagar will be broken,” he added.
Last year on August 5, the Indian government rushed through a presidential decree to abolish Article 370 of the Constitution which granted special status to Indian Occupied Kashmir. As tensions mounted in the disputed valley over the illegal move, New Delhi deployed unprecedented numbers in the region to suppress the dissent.