ISLAMABAD: A follow-up consultative meeting on Kashmir was held in Islamabad on Saturday, (8th Feb) under the chairmanship of Foreign Minister Shah Mahmood Qureshi and discussed the deliberations of two earlier meetings held on Wednesday, 5th February presided by Prime Minister Imran Khan in Muzaffarabad.
The Foreign Office sources verified that Saturday meeting was in fact a follow-up to Prime Minister Imran Khan’s meeting with the Kashmiri leadership and his address to the Legislative Assembly of Azad Jammu and Kashmir (AJK) on Kashmir Solidarity Day on February 5.
Among those whom the foreign minister met included heads of parliamentary parties in AJK, led by Prime Minister Raja Muhammad Farooq Haider Khan, as well as with representatives of the All Parties Hurriat Conference (APHC) leadership. These meetings were also attended by Federal Minister for Kashmir Affairs and Gilgit-Baltistan Muhammad Amin Gandapur.
According these sources, the purpose of the meetings was to exchange views on the continuing dire situation in Jammu and Kashmir and to consult about the ongoing international campaign to further advance the Kashmiri cause. The participants acknowledged the sacrifices made by the Kashmiri people for the realization of their inalienable right to self-determination.
The participants appreciated the various measures being taken by Prime Minister Imran Khan and his government to highlight the Kashmir issue on national and international platforms. They were all in agreement to the suggestions made during the meeting to achieve the goal. They appreciated the resilience of Kashmiri people in withstanding the new wave of Indian ‘unilateral actions’ of August 5, 2019.
Shah Mahmood Qureshi reiterated that Kashmir would continue to remain the cornerstone of Pakistan’s foreign policy. The participants underscored that the only solution to the Jammu and Kashmir dispute was in the full implementation of the relevant United Nations Security Council Resolutions. The non-implementation of these Resolutions, despite a lapse of more than seven decades, remained a scar on the collective conscience of the international community, they maintained.