Foreign Minister Shah Mehmood Qureshi has said that the joint statement by the members of the British Parliament on the Kashmir issue was a big break-through for Pakistan.
Addressing a press conference at the Pakistan High Commission, the Foreign Minister said “Today is a great success for Pakistan in which the voice of the oppressed people of Indian Occupied Kashmir (IOK) has also been listened.”
He told media personnel that participation of the members of cross party Senate Foreign Relations Committee demonstrated that all political parties of Pakistan were on the same page with regard to the Kashmir dispute.
He said that India had tried its best to stop the Kashmir solidarity conference at the house of the British Parliament but failed.
He stated that a similar conference would also be held at Brussels in the European Parliament that would highlight the situation of the people of Kashmir.
Earlier on Monday evening, Shah Mehmood Qureshi attended a large gathering at a Kashmir solidarity event at Westminster Palace of the United Kingdom (UK) House of Parliament.
The event was organized by Rehman Chishti, member of the United Kingdom (UK) Parliament and Chairperson All Party Parliamentary Group on Pakistan.
Shah Mehmood Qureshi who was in London, attended the conference as the key speaker.
Other guest speakers were President of Azad Jammu and Kashmir Sardar Masood Khan, Senator Mushahid Hussain Syed, Chairman Senate Foreign Affairs Committee, Ms Debbie Abrahams, Member Parliament and Chairperson of All Party Parliamentary Kashmir Group (APPKG), Former Prime Minister of Norway Kjell Magne Bondevik, Former Prime Ministers of AJK Sardar Attique Ahmed Khan and Barrister Sultan Mehmood Chaudhry.
The event was also attended by members of cross party Foreign Relations Committee from the Senate of Pakistan, British Parliamentarians, Mayors, Lords and Councilors, Kashmiri leaders, academics, participants from civil organizations, media representatives, students, prominent members of British-Pakistani community and the High Commissioner of Pakistan to the UK Nafees Zakiria.
In his address, Foreign Minister Shah Mehmood Qureshi condemned the gross human rights violations being perpetrated by occupied forces in IOK. He urged for immediate cessation of Indian atrocities in IOK.
Shah Mehmood Qureshi called upon the international community, particularly the UK government, in its capacity as a permanent member of the UN Security Council, where Jammu and Kashmir remains on the agenda to play its role to bring to an end this longstanding international dispute, in accordance with the United Nations Security Council Resolutions and the wishes of the people of Kashmir.
The Foreign Minister reaffirmed the government of Pakistan’s political, moral and diplomatic support for the oppressed people of IOK.