Nation and Army are ready to defend in response to any misadventure by India: Qureshi

ISLAMABAD: The Foreign Minister of Pakistan Shah Mehmood Qureshi warned on Saturday that the nation along with the Pakistan army are ready to defend if any misadventure is resorted by India in an attempt to divert the attention of the world from the ongoing lock down in occupied Kashmir.

The Foreign Minister of Pakistan Shah Mehmood Qureshi addressed in a joint press conference with the Director General Inter-Services Public Relations Major General Asif Ghafoor which was followed by a meeting of the top brass of the country on the situation in occupied Kashmir, where he said that it was possible India could resort to a misadventure to create diversion.

Shah Mehmood Qureshi added “India can [resort to] misadventure in its attempt to divert the world’s attention away from its actions in occupied Kashmir. The Pakistan army and the nation are ready to defend if India attempts any misadventure.”

The Foreign Minister of Pakistan Shah Mehmood Qureshi further shared the details from the special committee meeting that was held before the media talk, which was attended by representatives from various institutions.

Qureshi added that a special cell on Kashmir would be constituted at the Pakistan Foreign Office that would be accountable for devising a future course of action in occupied Kashmir on the prevailing situation, subject to his approval.

Shah Mehmood Qureshi further announced that a Kashmir desk would also be set up in all the Pakistani embassies in light of the ongoing crisis around the world.

He lauded the meeting of historic United Nations Security Council (UNSC) which was held on Friday, which saw the members of the council urge the parties involved to refrain from any unilateral action that may aggravate the situation.

He added “We achieved a [milestone] yesterday, which shocked India. The Kashmir issue was raised at a platform which is responsible for resolving the dispute.”

The Foreign Minister of Pakistan Shah Mehmood Qureshi added the session of UNSC was discussed at length during the meeting today, along with the future plan of action that Pakistan would adopt in light of the meeting.

The minister added that “All the participants [of today’s meeting] agreed that Modi has murdered Nehru’s Hindustan. Today, it is not Nehru’s Hindustan. It is Modi’s Hindustan.”

Qureshi further lauded the unbroken spirit of the Indian-occupied Kashmir’s people and noted that Kashmiris came out of their houses, despite the curfew to offer Friday prayers. He added “It was a glimpse into their emotions, into what it would be like after the curfew lifts.”

The President of Azad Jammu and Kashmir Sardar Masood Khan and various other federal ministers and special advisers to the prime minister, attended the meeting.

Whatever is required to be done will be done: DG ISPR

DG ISPR Major General Asif Ghafoor said the country’s armed forces are fully prepared to respond to any Indian aggression.

“Pakistan armed forces are ready. Pakistan is fully capable of giving a befitting response to India if India tries any misadventure,” the military’s media spokesperson said during the press conference.

“The armed forces are ready for any action, for any perpetual threat. Whatever is required to be done will be done,” he said, adding that Pakistan could not afford any event that harmed its narrative on Kashmir.

Responding to a question, Major General Ghafoor said, “Kashmir is a nuclear flash point and the world needs to look into the Indian defence minister’s remarks about use of nuclear weapons. Responsible states do not talk the way Rajnath Singh did.”

The DG ISPR also thanked social media activists in fighting Indian propaganda over the Kashmir conflict.

The UNSC met behind closed doors at the request of China and Pakistan to discuss the Indian government’s recent decision to revoke the special status of occupied Kashmir.

The council took up the issue of the critical situation in occupied Kashmir after more than 50 years since it was last discussed on the platform, effectively rejecting India’s stance that occupied Kashmir was an internal issue and not an internationally recognised dispute.

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