Overseas Minister Shah Mahmood Qureshi chatting with media in Islamabad, on June 25, 2021. — Screengrab through YouTube

ISLAMABAD: Indian Prime Minister Narendra Modi’s assembly with the occupied Kashmir management was nothing however a “drama” to revive New Delhi’s worldwide picture,  Overseas Minister Shah Mahmood Qureshi mentioned Friday.

Modi had met with Kashmir’s leaders for the primary time because the area’s semi-autonomy was revoked, as he referred to as for measures to hurry up elections for the territory now beneath direct rule.

Modi’s Hindu-nationalist authorities moved occupied Kashmir beneath larger central management in August 2019, splitting it into two territories — Jammu and Kashmir, and Ladakh — and detaining scores of native politicians.

The federal government additionally ended Kashmir’s particular autonomy standing, which it claimed was a needed step for the area’s improvement.

The overseas minister, chatting with media in Islamabad, mentioned the assembly was a “facade” and a “failed try to resuscitate India’s picture in entrance of the worldwide neighborhood.”

“In yesterday’s assembly, 14 Kashmiri leaders had been invited […] and the Kashmiri management had unanimously demanded India revoke the August 5 determination,” FM Qureshi mentioned.

Slamming the Modi-led regime, the overseas minister mentioned the assembly — which was held for three-and-a-half hours — didn’t have a preset agenda.

“All Events Hurriyat Convention was not invited to the assembly […] the Hurriyat management has at all times talked about the fitting to self-determination,” the overseas minister mentioned.

“Within the APC (all events convention), Modi admitted that there have been variations between New Delhi and Occupied Kashmir,” FM Qureshi mentioned.

The overseas minister mentioned it had been practically two years since India revoked Occupied Kashmir’s particular standing, including that the Kashmiris had been “in despair and had been feeling ridiculed.”

The overseas minister mentioned the Kashmiri management had knowledgeable the Indian PM that greater than 50% of the industries had shut down because of the restrictions imposed within the Himalayan area.

Assembly was ‘ineffective’

“The management demanded that the federal government compensate the losses incurred over the course of two years […] tourism in occupied Kashmir took has been shattered. Individuals didn’t solely undergo financial losses, however their psychological well being was additionally severely affected,” he mentioned.

The overseas minister mentioned regardless of the two-year ordeal, the Kashmiri management didn’t blame anybody, however they put ahead some calls for, together with the revival of human rights and the discharge of incarcerated leaders.

“These calls for had been put ahead by these Kashmiri leaders who had been part of earlier governments,” he mentioned, including: “Yesterday’s assembly was ineffective, pointless, and a failure which is able to bear no fruit.”

On Afghanistan, US

Talking on regional points, the overseas minister mentioned he was unaware of United Nations’ troops being deployed in Afghanistan, and that it was too early to touch upon Turkey’s forces being stationed at Kabul Airport.

The overseas minister mentioned if circumstances in Afghanistan return to the best way they had been within the 1990s, then it’ll solely damage the Afghans.

Replying to a query on rising violence in Afghanistan, he mentioned Pakistan was involved concerning the scenario the place a number of components and “spoilers” could possibly be held accountable who didn’t wish to see peace and stability in Afghanistan.

He mentioned Pakistan had been advocating and facilitating the Afghan peace course of with a task of “changing into part of the answer and never the issue”.

“A negotiated political settlement in Afghanistan is in all people’s curiosity and one of the simplest ways ahead,” he mentioned.

Qureshi emphasised that the Afghans, together with the federal government and Taliban, wanted to take a seat collectively.

“No matter consequence evolves out of their negotiations, Pakistan will respect that,” he mentioned, including: “We are going to stay the companions of peace and never battle.”

On the blame recreation in opposition to Pakistan forward of the assembly between US President Joe Biden and Afghan President Ashraf Ghani, he mentioned: “They [Afghan government representatives] can say no matter they need, however the US is aware of Pakistan’s position very properly.”

The overseas minister mentioned peace and stability in Afghanistan would guarantee improvement and regional connectivity. Nevertheless, in case of a setback, Afghans would undergo essentially the most, he added.

“No backdoor diplomacy channels are getting used to speak with India, nevertheless, intermittent communications are made on intelligence-level to debate regional points,” he mentioned.

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