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PM Modi’s call for meeting on situation in IIOJ&K an extraordinary development: FM

 Foreign Minister Shah Mahmood Qureshi said that in his opinion the meeting convened by Modi government on the situation in occupied Kashmir is an extraordinary development. The behind-the-scenes meeting admits that all is not well, but the real facts and situation will come to fore on June 24.

Talking to media in Islamabad today (Monday), he expressed concerns over speedy withdrawal of foreign forces from Afghanistan adding that peace in Afghanistan is a shared responsibility of all stakeholders.

The Minister said sixty percent of foreign troops have already been pulled out. He said Pakistan wants that withdrawal of the forces and peace process occur in tandem.

Terming Afghanistan a divided house, Shah Mahmood Qureshi said Afghan government and Peace Council do not seem focused in their approaches.

He said unrest in Afghanistan will adversely impact Afghanistan.

He said Pakistan is already hosting three million refugees and uncertain situation in Afghanistan will start a new influx of refugees into our country.

The Foreign Minister stressed the need for making intra-Afghan dialogue a success to ensure regional peace and stability.

He said peace in Afghanistan is important for Pakistan to achieve its dream of regional connectivity.

Earlier Foreign Minister Shah Mahmood Qureshi said in a statement that Pakistan will continue to play a constructive role to make Afghan peace process successful.

He said peace in Afghanistan is one of the priorities of regional countries.

The Foreign Minister said he presented Pakistan s position on the Afghan issue at the recently held Antalya Diplomacy Forum in Turkey.

He said the world acknowledges Pakistan s role for peace and stability.

The Foreign Minister said that Pakistan has effectively highlighted Kashmir dispute at the international fora. He said the Kashmiris have rejected the Indian illegal steps of 5th August 2019. 

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