Eight million Kashmiris held hostage by Indian govt: FM
September 23, 2019
NEW YORK (Web Desk) – Foreign Minister (FM) Shah Mehmood Qureshi said on Monday that Indian government has made hostage eight million Kashmiris by clamping the worst curfew in Indian Occupied Kashmir (IoK). The foreign minister was talking to International Crisis Group President Robert Malley in New York. During the meeting, he has stressed for resolution of bilateral disputes in South Asia for durable peace and stability in the region. FM Qureshi said that Indian government has made hostage eight million Kashmiris by clamping the worst curfew in occupied Kashmir. He also said the situation is so dire that the Kashmiris have no access to essential commodities including food and medicines. The minister said international media and human rights organizations are exposing the Indian oppression in occupied valley. Earlier, while speaking at a press conference, IoK has become the largest-ever prison for Kashmiris, but Modi government has consistently been lying to the world about normalcy. “People of Occupied Kashmir are staging protests despite ban and amid closure of schools, transport and communication channels,” said Foreign Minister Shah Mehmood Qureshi The FM was flanked by Kashmir leaders. Qureshi said Modi was pretending that situation in the Occupied Kashmir has normalized, but the fact that the life is paralyzed in the entire valley as India has created an atmosphere of fear. “The height of inhumanity cane be seen in the valley where people are unable to reach hospitals because of transportation suspension. Similarly schools are closed as empty schools buses are seen on roads.” He said Kashmiri leaders have already conveyed to the world leaders about exact situation in the valley before Prime Minister Imran Khan’s address to the UNGA. The FM said an appeal has been filed with the UN to appoint special representative on situation of the Occupied Kashmir. Qureshi said foreign media and civil society are exposing the cruel intentions of India. Kashmir leader Ghulam Nabi Fai, speaking to reporters, thanked Pakistani Prime Minister Imran Khan for highlighting Kashmir across the globe. Quoting people coming from the Occupied Kashmir, he said RSS members were present there and according to his information around 50,000 RSS members have been sent to the valley. He said Indian atrocities in the occupied valley are clearly visible in front of the world, adding the matter will be taken up in the session of the United Nations General Assembly (UNGA) in a befitting manner.