Pak Foreign Minister Speaks to Separatist Leader in Kashmir
In what is likely to create additional tensions in relations, Pakistan’s foreign minister Shah Mahmood Qureshi telephoned Hurriyat Conference chairman and separatist leaders Mirwaiz Umar Farooq on 29 January. Qureshi reportedly discussed with him Islamabad’s efforts to highlight the Kashmir issue. Pak foreign office claimed that Qureshi spoke with Mirwaiz and discussed with him the efforts of Pakistan’s government to highlight the Kashmir issue.
The release from the Pakistan Foreign office said, “Foreign Minister Shah Mahmood Qureshi spoke with Mirwaiz Umar Farooq, Chairman All Parties Hurriyat Conference on phone today. (29 January). The Foreign Minister briefed him on the efforts of the government of Pakistan to highlight the gross human rights violations being perpetrated by the Indian occupation forces in Indian occupied Jammu and Kashmir. In this context, he mentioned the June 2018, Report issued by the Office of the High Commissioner for Human Rights and the APPKG report of the UK Parliament. He also emphasized that India should permit the visit of the Commission of Inquiry, as envisaged in both Reports.
The Foreign Minister also informed Mirwaiz Umar Farooq of the upcoming events, being organized in London at the House of Commons and the exhibition being held in London on 4-5 February 2019 respectively. These, again, are efforts to highlight the centrality of Jammu and Kashmir dispute and the grave human rights violations against the Kashmiri people, by India, which are being widely condemned and need to be immediately stopped.
Mirwaiz Umar Farooq greatly appreciated the efforts of the Government of Pakistan and emphasized that the Indian atrocities shall never be able to suppress the will of the people of Indian occupied Jammu and Kashmir, who will continue to raise their voice against severe Indian repression and in the face of Indian black laws. He also said that he would have wanted to be present for the London events, but his passport and those of his contemporaries, had been confiscated by the government of India, to prevent them from travelling abroad,” as per the release.