ISLAMABAD: Foreign Minister Shah Mehmood Qureshi on Friday known as for observing the primary anniversary of annexation of Kashmir on August 5 as Yaum-i-Istehsal (Day of Exploitation) with full enthusiasm as he rolled out a variety of actions deliberate by the federal government for the event.
Mr Qureshi was talking at a press convention alongside Info Minister Shibli Faraz and Particular Assistant to the Prime Minister on Nationwide Safety Moeed Yusuf.
“We need to jointly deliver a message to the Kashmiris that we will not fail them,” he mentioned.
India, he mentioned, tried to interrupt the resolve of the Kashmiris by its oppressive techniques, but it surely failed to attain its purpose.
“My Kashmiri brothers and sisters we can feel your difficulty, we realise the oppression that you have endured. But, remember you are not alone. Every Pakistani is standing by your side and is raising voice for your cause,” the international minister mentioned.
FM says prime minister will tackle AJK Meeting
The spotlight of the annexation anniversary observance could be Prime Minister Imran Khan’s go to to Muzaffarabad and his speech on the AJK Meeting during which he’ll reiterate solidarity with the individuals of Kashmir and reaffirm Pakistan’s assist for his or her battle for freedom from India.
He introduced the renaming of Islamabad’s Kashmir Freeway as Srinagar Freeway and mentioned Pakistan’s eyes have been on Srinagar and the day was not distant when “we will offer prayers in the mosque of Srinagar with our Kashmiri brothers”.
A commemorative postal stamp bearing the image of Sopore toddler sitting on the bullet-ridden physique of his grandfather is being issued. The image had sparked outrage when it obtained printed in worldwide media.
A go to of a parliamentary delegation to villages alongside the Line of Management which have been affected by ceasefire violations by India was being deliberate, Mr Qureshi mentioned.
He mentioned the one-minute silence could be noticed all through the nation on Aug 5 as silence typically despatched a robust message. Solidarity walks are additionally being held throughout the nation.
The international minister mentioned diplomatic outreach was being intensified. Letters could be written to world leaders and Op-Eds could be printed in worldwide publications highlighting the plight of Kashmiris through the previous 12 months. A social media marketing campaign would even be launched in parallel.
He urged Pakistani diplomats overseas to plan engagements in host international locations together with media interviews and appearances at think-tanks.
“I will be personally monitoring each ambassador’s performance. I need action not verbosity,” he pressured.
Mr Qureshi mentioned he realised difficulties in organising road protests for Kashmiris in different international locations due to Covid-19 pandemic and requested abroad Pakistanis to plan actions whereas observing native restrictions.
The international minister additionally sought to handle criticism at residence that the federal government’s technique on Kashmir has been ineffective. He tried to reject this impression by recalling the communications and interactions with the worldwide group, PM Khan’s speech at UNGA, his personal 9 letters to the Safety Council, and the problem being thrice taken up at the us.
“Through this activity our position has become part of the UN record. It will contribute to attainment of our goal,” he mentioned, including that the problem had been internationalised.
He mentioned the federal government had readability on the best way to proceed ahead.
Info Minister Shibli Faraz mentioned lack of dedication in pursuing the problem previously emboldened India to annex Kashmir. He mentioned enthusiastic participation within the upcoming observance would convey to India that it could not be like earlier than anymore.
Printed in Daybreak, August 1st, 2020