FM welcomes NY Assembly resolution in Kashmiris’ support



Foreign Minister Shah Mahmood Hussain Qureshi welcomed the resolution adopted unanimously at the New York State Assembly to express solidarity with people of Indian Illegally Occupied Jammu and Kashmir.

Foreign Minister Shah Mahmood Hussain Qureshi lauded efforts of Pakistani Consul General Ayesha Ali for mobilizing and gaining support of American Pakistanis for the unanimously adopted resolution in support of Kashmiris. “I recognize endeavors of Pakistan’s Consul General Ayesha Ali on this historic development”, said FM Qureshi while talking to media persons, after ground breaking ceremony of construction of three roads, costing Rs over 38 million, at Chungi No 14, here on Sunday. Different international bodies including European Union, House of Commons and some others were also expressing concerns over gross human rights violation in the Indian Illegally Occupied Jammu and Kashmir, said Qureshi.

On February 5, people from across the country and both sides of Kashmir organized rallies and seminars and renewed the pledged to continue struggle for protection of human rights. Responding to a question about Open Ballot for Senate polls, Shah Mahmood Hussain Qureshi observed, the whole nation was witnessing that PTI was making sincere efforts to end menace of corruption. Everyone knew well that there was votes sale and purchase in Senate elections, said Qureshi adding that PTI wanted to close all ways of votes sale and purchase. Qureshi hinted that both Pakistan People Party and Pakistan Muslim League N had promised of open ballot in Charter of Democracy.

Now, the both parties backed out of their promise. PTI moved to parliament and trying to seek Opposition’s support for amendment in law related to open ballot for Senate elections. PTI lacked two third majority. Similarly, Pakistan Tehreek Insaf also sought opinion of Supreme Court. To another question about inflation, Qureshi observed that different measures were being taken to reduce inflation.

About Senate, he stated that Senate was symbol of strong fedration. Some powers wanted to destablize country through incidents of terrorism. These powers also wanted to weaken country’s economy. Senate is best forum to discuss issues of national importance. He, however, reiterated that Senate was playing important role in defeating such elements. When questioned about PDM long march, Shah Mahmood Qureshi observed that long march was democratic right of Opposition. —APP