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Pakistan foreign minister Shah Mehmood Qureshi

Islamabad, Aug 13: Pakistan foreign minister Shah Mehmood Qureshi has warned his countrymen that the United Nations Security Council (UNSC) might not be too enthusiastic to challenge India's move to abrogate Article 370 and divide Jammu and Kashmir into two Union Territories.

Addressing a press conference in Pakistan-occupied Kashmir's (PoK) capital Muzaffarabad, where he arrived late on Sunday to spend the first day of Eid-ul-Adha "in solidarity with the Kashmiris", Qureshi said the freedom struggle of Kashmiris had reached a "crucial turning point", Geo News reported.

Tensions between India and Pakistan have heightened after New Delhi on August 5 revoked special status for Jammu and Kashmir.

“Jazbaat ubharna bahut aasan hai, aitraaz karna use bhi aasan hai, lekin ek masle ko samajhkar aage le jaana pechida kaam hai, aage woh log aap ke liye haar leke nahi khare hai (Giving vent to emotions is easy, objecting is easier. But to understand an issue and move forward is complicated. They (UNSC) are not waiting for you with garlands),” Qureshi told the media on Monday.

The minister also warned that any member nation of the P-5 group can also punture Pakistan's attempts to whip up international support for its stand on Jammu and Kashmir.

“Do you have any doubts about this? You shouldn’t? Do not live in a fool’s paradise. Let people of Pakistan and Kashmir be aware. Nobody is holding out an invitation there. Koi aisa saazgaar mahaul nahi hai,” Qureshi was quoted as saying by ToI.

Qureshi also lamented the lack of support for Pakistan even among other Muslim countries.

“Moving forward on the issue will require utmost care. Unke interests hai. I have already said, I have indicated- ek arab ki market hai,” he said.

“Many people have investments there, waise toh hum ummah aur Islam ki baat to karte hai, ummah ke mahafzo ne bahut se investments kar rakhi hai waha, unke mafadaat hai waha (They all have interests there. It is a one billion dollar/rupee market. The Muslim community has investments there),” the minister added.

Qureshi also said that the country is fighting "for the cause of Kashmiris" at every platform.

He said Prime Minister Imran Khan in his wider outreach efforts had contacted world leaders including those of Turkey, Iran, and Indonesia to apprise them of the "unilateral step taken by India to change the status of occupied Kashmir".

Qureshi said the Kashmir issue had been recognized as "disputed" internationally and "it was a common cause which should be above politics and other interests".

The Minister added that Islamabad decided to take the issue of Kashmir again to the UN Security Council, and that China assured to extend full support for this purpose.

He said that the Prime Minister will visit Muzaffarabad on Wednesday on the occasion of Pakistan's Independence Day, where the latter will address "Azad Jammu and Kashmir (AJK) Legislative Assembly to express solidarity with Kashmiris".

News24 Bureau with IANS inputs

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