Situation in Kashmir grave, world must respond to wake-up call, says Pak FM Qureshi

Srinagar: Pakistan Foreign Minister Shah Mehmood Qureshi has said the situation in Kashmir is grave which warrants the world to take notice of the “worst kind of human rights violations” by the Indian forces, Pakistan media reported.

Talking to the media after his arrival in London on Sunday, the Pakistan foreign minister regretted the silence of the world on “unabated incidents of torture and aggression, indiscriminate use of pellet guns by the Indian forces and rape and killing spree of innocent Kashmiris”, Dawn reported on Monday.

He said that during a visit by Indian Prime Minister Narendra Modi to Kashmir, there was a complete strike in Srinagar. The Kashmiris were expressing their resentment and had taken practical steps, he said, regretting the oppressive measures taken in the world’s highly militarised area in the wake of Modi’s visit.

Whether such grave human rights violations were allowed in any civilised society of the world, he wondered and urged India to realise the seriousness of the situation in the valley.

Qureshi, who arrived in London to attend events in connection with the Kashmir Solidarity Day, asked why India had clamped down on social and print media and disrupted the internet service. It was a kind of media gag, he said and asked the world media to highlight the situation in Kashmir, the Dawn reported.

He said that certain incidents often made headlines in the international media, but in Kashmir “grave human rights violations” were being committed by the Indian forces on a daily basis.

In reply to a question, the foreign minister said there was complete national consensus on the Kashmir issue in Pakistan. He said the conference in the UK would deliberate on the Kashmir situation where he would reiterate Pakistan’s stance.

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