Foreign Minister Qureshi requests OIC to come together on Kashmir issue

ISLAMABAD: Foreign Minister Shah Mahmood Qureshi requested the Organisation of Islamic Cooperation (OIC) and Muslim Community to come together on the Kashmir issue, saying Pakistan was always ready to help Saudi Arabia in their protection and it is their time to stand by us. 

Speaking to a private news channel, Qureshi said Pakistan was not in favor of aggression, but was fully prepared and would retaliate effectively if India used any military on us.

“If there is any misadventure, we will not have any choice but to retaliate.

The world must understand that Pakistan will have to react,” he said.

On an answer to a question about India diverting the world’s attention, the foreign minister said, they could not rule out that possibility.

“Anything can be expected from India’s Modi government which is desperate and adventurist. But Inshaallah we are ready and prepared to respond effectively,” he remarked. He added that no back-door channels are working to resolve this issue like Siachen and negotiations are impossible in this environment.

“Sitting with the government of Narendra Modi [for talks] is tantamount to wastage of time,” he said.

The foreign minister added that Modi had lost the battle of “hearts and minds” in the Indian Illegally Occupied Jammu and Kashmir (IIOJK), adding that the just freedom struggle of Kashmiris could be suppressed through force.

Commenting on the laying of the foundation stone by the Indian prime minister for the construction of Ram Mandir at the site of historical Babri mosque, he said it would further hurt the soul of Muslims who were already being discriminated by various actions of the Modi government in India.

FM Qureshi said the whole Pakistani nation, including the government, opposition and all political forces were on the same page on the issue of Kashmir and stood with its people in their freedom struggle and their just right to self-determination.

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