Foreign Ministry to set up Kashmir Cell: Qureshi

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ISLAMABAD: Foreign Minister Shah Mehmood Qureshi on Saturday announced that a Kashmir Cell would be set up at the Foreign Affairs Ministry to closely monitor the developments in the Indian-occupied Kashmir.

The announcement came after he chaired a meeting of the eight-member Kashmir Committee.


“The Kashmir Committee has decided to constitute ‘Kashmir Cell’ in the Foreign Ministry of Pakistan,” he said during a press conference.

The Kashmir desks will be formed in several Pakistani missions abroad “in order to carry out effective communication on the matter.”

It was the first meeting of the committee and all members, including representatives from the opposition had put forward their opinion for proceeding with the Kashmir dispute.

“The Kashmir conflict has been raised at the highest diplomatic forum after five decades,” he said, adding that the whole nation was united on the matter.

“Despite India’s opposition, the occurrence of United Nations Security Council’s meeting [on Kashmir] is an achievement,” he added.

“The parliament approved unanimous resolution at a joint session […] this is a long fight and we have to fight at every front.”

“The Organisation of Islamic Cooperation (OIC) and the United Nations Security Council (UNSC) have both responded positively to Pakistan s call for the Kashmir issue to be taken up. The OIC has called for an immediate end to the curfew in occupied Kashmir,” he stated.