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Tensions in Kashmir are not in anyone's interest in the deteriorating situation in Afghanistan, says Shah Mehmood Qureshi


Pakistan's Foreign Minister Shah Mehmood Qureshi said in a statement on Wednesday that Indian Prime Minister Narendra Modi's BJP government is not interested in peace. Steps must be taken back. According to him, there can be no peace in South Asia without a solution to the Kashmir issue.

He expressed these views in a statement on August 5, 2019, two years after India's move to end Kashmir's special constitutional status.

It may be recalled that Indian Prime Minister Narendra Modi on Thursday termed the move to end the special constitutional status of Kashmir as historic and said that a new Kashmir was laid on this day which marked the beginning of an era of development and peace in the region. ۔

In his statement, the Pakistani foreign minister criticized the BJP government. According to him, he is a preacher of racist and hateful Hindutva faith. He accused the current Indian government of spreading hatred and violence against religious minorities, especially Muslims.

He said that due to the same policy of India, both the countries had reached the brink of war in February 2019. He claimed that if a tragedy stopped, it was because of the restraint maintained by Pakistan.

Criticizing India's August 5 move, he said thousands of Kashmiri people, including children, had been imprisoned and tortured since the New Delhi move. And Kashmiri leaders faced state repression, including 91-year-old Syed Ali Gilani.

He said that in the last one year in Kashmir, according to him, 390 Kashmiris have been killed by the Indian Army. So far in 2021, 85 Kashmiri people have reportedly died in extrajudicial killings, he said.

He also alleged that India wanted to turn the majority of the local population into a minority through illegal measures in Kashmir.

He appealed to the international community to speak out against the alleged Indian atrocities in Kashmir and call for a peaceful solution to the Kashmir issue. “It is not in anyone's interest to escalate tensions in the Kashmir region during the deteriorating situation in Afghanistan,” he said.

The Indian Foreign Ministry has not yet commented on the Pakistani foreign minister's statement.

Two years after the end of the special constitutional status of Indian-administered Kashmir, a partial and complete strike was reported in Srinagar on Thursday. Armed police officers and Indian federal police and paramilitary forces were deployed on various highways.

Indian Prime Minister Narendra Modi has termed the steps taken two years ago on August 5 as historic and said that it marked the beginning of an era of development and prosperity in Indian Kashmir.

However, independent observers say that there has been no significant change in the ground situation in Jammu and Kashmir and no positive change in the overall political situation.

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