Sustainable peace in S. Asia linked with Kashmir settlement: FM Qureshi

Islamabad, November 16 (KMS): Foreign Minister, Shah Mahmood Qureshi, has said that the sustainable peace in South Asia is contingent upon the resolution of the Jammu and Kashmir dispute.

In his address to the participants of the National Security & War Course in Islamabad, today, at the National Defence University, Shah Mahmood Qureshi said the onus remains on India to create a conducive environment for meaningful and result-oriented engagement with Pakistan.

The foreign minister’s lecture on ‘Contours of Pakistan’s foreign policy and challenges’ was attended by the civil and military officers of the country besides the course participants from several friendly countries.

He said following India’s illegal and unilateral actions of 5th August 2019 under Prime Minister Imran Khan’s instructions, the government took up the Kashmir cause worldwide with renewed vigour and determination, and highlighted the dire humanitarian and human rights situation in Indian illegally occupied Jammu and Kashmir. He mentioned that the government also exposed the threat posed to international peace and security by Indian belligerence at all available forums.

Despite provocations from India, Shah Mahmood Qureshi said, Pakistan opened up the Kartarpur Corridor in November 2019 giving Sikhs from India and all over the world, visa-free access to one of their holiest sites.

“Our gesture is a manifestation of Prime Minister Imran Khan’s vision for the region and for Pakistan-India relations, which consists of peaceful co-existence, inter-faith harmony, and peaceful resolution of disputes,” he said.