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Peace with India hinges on Kashmir settlement: Bilawal

No help offered or asked for from India in wake of floods

Foreign Minister Bilawal Bhutto Zardari Thursday said Pakistan desired peace with India but it was evident that unless the Kashmir dispute was resolved there would be no durable peace between the two countries.

He was delivering an opening statement as chair of the OIC Council of Foreign Ministers at the OIC annual coordination meeting.

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“We are prepared to resume a sincere dialogue with India for a peaceful resolution of the Jammu and Kashmir dispute. However, the onus is on India to create conducive environment for such a dialogue. It must rescind its unilateral and illegal measures instituted since August 5, 2019 and halt its human rights violations in IIOJK.”

“After three years, India’s campaign of colonial annexation has not succeeded. It will never succeed. With the will of Almighty Allah, the people of Jammu and Kashmir will win their heroic struggle for freedom and self-determination.”

The minister stated that Pakistan will continue to extend full political, diplomatic and moral support to their freedom struggle.

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He said the Islamic world must evolve collective and concerted responses to political, economic, climate and other challenges.

“As the second largest international organization, our collective effort should seek to preserve the national security, sovereignty and territorial integrity of each of our member states. Touching upon other issues, Bilawal said: We must secure self-determination for our brothers and sisters in Palestine. They must have their own state, with pre-1967 borders.”

On Afghanistan, the FM said: “After forty years, there is a real opportunity to restore durable peace and security in Afghanistan and the region.  “We must build on this progress and prevent those forces who wish to revive conflict, create more refugees and intensify the threat of terrorism.” He also underlined the need to address several unresolved and festering conflicts within the Islamic world.

Separately, in an interview with France 24, the foreign minister said Pakistan had received no assistance from India nor had it asked for any support in the wake of devastating floods.



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