Article 370/ Support from UN against India’s decision not expected: Pakistan Foreign Minister Shah Mehmood Qureshi

Islamabad: Pakistan Foreign Minister Shah Mehmood Qureshi has said the country should be aware that support from the United Nations against India’s decision to repeal Article 370 in Jammu and Kashmir won’t be forthcoming. Qureshi has urged Pakistanis to not live in a “fool’s paradise” by assuming United Nations Security Council to “wait with garlands” to further Islamabad’s claims about India’s move to scrap Kashmir’s special status.

“Giving vent to emotions is easy and raising objections is much easier. However, it is hard to understand the issue and move forward. They are not waiting for you with garlands in their hands. Any members out of the P-5 nations can be an obstacle… Do not live in the fool paradise,” said Qureshi.

Qureshi’s comment came a day after Russia becomes the first P-5 member to back India over the withdrawal of Article 370.

Action taken by India under the Constitutional framework: Qureshi said all action taken by India was under the Constitutional framework.

Addressing the media in Muzaffarabad in Pakistan-occupied Kashmir where he celebrated Eid al-Adha and visited a refugee camp, Qureshi said the entire “Pakistani nation and political leadership is united on the issue of Kashmir and one voice will be sounded on August 14 in support of Kashmiris.”

He urged political parties to come together on the Kashmir issue, saying that Pakistan must have a united stance on the matter.

“We have our differences…But there is no difference on the issue of Kashmir. If there was any difference, a joint resolution would not have been passed,” he said.

Qureshi said India’s “unilateral” abrogation of the special status of Kashmir has left Kashmiris with no option but to stand against it.

A rattled Pakistan has initiated a series of decisions, including downgrading bilateral relations with India and suspending bilateral trade, halting of Samjhauta and Thar Express trains from its side and banning of Indian movies from Pakistani cinemas.

“It was discussed in the cabinet as there is a popular demand for it. But we will not do anything which can harm our legal position on Kashmir,” he said.

Qureshi said that Prime Minister Imran Khan would visit PoK on August 14 and also address its legislative assembly.

Kashmir Solidarity Day: Pakistan has announced that it will observe August 14 as ‘Kashmir Solidarity Day’ and August 15 as ‘Black Day’ after India scrapped Article 370 of the Constitution that gave special status to Jammu and Kashmir and bifurcated the state into two Union Territories.

He said Pakistan has decided to take the issue of Kashmir again to the UN Security Council and China has assured to extend full support for this purpose.