Multan, August 26: Pakistan foreign minister Shah Mehmood Qureshi has on Sunday said the United Arab Emirates (UAE) or any different nations are free to maintain bilateral and international ties with nations of their choice.
“International relations are above religious sentiments. The UAE and India have a history of relations in connection with investment. However, I will soon have a meeting with the UAE foreign minister to inform him about the prevailing situation in India-held Kashmir,” he said, in response to media queries about the UAE’s highest civilian award to Indian Prime Minister Narendra Modi.
Qureshi said the United States was keen to play its vital role between India and Pakistan as a mediator to resolve the Kashmir issue, but New Delhi was not willing to accept Washington’s mediation, according to Dawn news reports.
He added Indian Supreme Court should make a decision over seven petitions without bowing to extreme pressure by Modi.
“If the Indian supreme court delays its decisions on the Kashmir issue, it would be the murder of justice and violation of basic human rights,” he said.
“The world cannot remain unconcerned over the Kashmir issue and the UN Commission for Human Rights should visit India-held Kashmir without delay.”
The Pakistan foreign minister said he wrote a letter to the United Nations Commission for Human Rights (UNCHR), urging to send its envoys to Kashmir to view the pertaining situation in the region and play its vital role over human rights violations. “We also invite the commission to Azad Kashmir.”
He stressed there should be a meeting of envoys of international human rights outfits and the heads of all Muslims nations in order to exchange views over the pertaining situation in Kashmir.
Reportedly, he also claimed India was planning to deploy workers of Rashtriya Swayamsevak Sangh (RSS) in Kashmir, calling over international community to wake up to India’s decisions.
He said he would participate in a meeting on the human rights on September 9 in Geneva and inform worldwide about India’s atrocities in Kashmir.
“Kashmiri Muslims are not allowed to offer Juma prayer and earlier they were also not allowed to sacrifice animals on Eidul Azha.”
“Right now Turkey, Malaysia and all Islamic countries are supporting the Pakistan’s stance. The Iranian leadership has also taken a firm stand in favour of Kashmiri people. So far I have contacted foreign ministers of several Islamic countries and am getting in touch with remaining ones as well. I am hopeful the Muslim world will support the Kashmiris and play its role to end Indian atrocities there,” he said.
Qureshi also said he and Pakistan Prime Minister Imran Khan would visit Umarkot on August 31 and inform about atrocities carried out in Kashmir to the Hindu community, reportedly.