India says expects to gain control over Pakistan Kashmir one day

Cheryl Sanders
September 18, 2019

Regarding the Kashmir dispute, Foreign Minister Shah Mehmood Qureshi highlighted the unprecedented diplomatic victories of Pakistan earned at various worldwide fora since India's abrogation of Article 370. But this was for the first time that such a statement came from the Indian external affairs minister, raising fears in Pakistan that India might be up for something.

LAHORE: Foreign Minister Shah Mahmood Qureshi Tuesday said that Kashmiris' struggle against Indian occupation has entered a new phase as Pakistan government aroused world conscience on decades-old litany of Indian oppression.

"Our position on AJK is, has always been and will always be very clear".

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The statement also called upon the worldwide community to take note of the "aggressive posturing".

Days after receiving the second jolt on consular access to Kulbhushan Jadhav as Pakistan denied it, EAM Jaishankar said that India's prior objective was the ascertain his well-being and seeking access to him would have provided that remedy which the International Court of Justice (ICJ) has mandated.

The Foreign Minister said Kashmir issue got a new life when Pakistan raised it at the UN, pointing out it was after 54 years that the issue was discussed at the UN Security Council. Pakistan has condemned India's decision to change Kashmir's status and said India's crackdown on protests and dissent in the region would drive more of the world's Muslims into extremism.

But Jaishankar said revoking Kashmir's special rights was an internal Indian matter.

Indian diplomacy has come of age, with its voice being heard at worldwide forums and global high tables like the G7 and the G20, and New Delhi's appetite to shape global agenda is much more pronounced than before, external affairs minister S. Jaishankar said on Tuesday. He also said that Modi would have a roundtable meeting with top American CEOs.

"Coming from an occupying state, such irresponsible and belligerent statements have the potential to further escalate tensions and seriously jeopardise peace and security in the region", it added.

After the hearings, the court ordered New Delhi to restore normalcy in occupied Kashmir and provide the internet and other communications facilities in the area, according to a report in Indian daily India Today.

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