Kashmir dispute to be decided in accordance with UN resolution: Qureshi

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ISLAMABAD: Foreign Minister Shah Mahmood Qureshi has maintained that the Jammu and Kashmir dispute is to be decided on the basis of the UN Security Council resolutions and in accordance with the wishes of the Kashmiri people.

His statement came shortly after Indian Defence Minister was quoted by media as saying that India would hold talks with Pakistan on the status of Azad Kashmir only.

“We have seen the comments made by the Indian Defence Minister today. These are reflective of the predicament that India finds itself in, after its illegal and unilateral actions imperiling peace and security in the region and beyond,” Qureshi said.

He also condemned the continued lock-down of the occupied Kashmir.

“Equally condemnable is the completely indefensible lock-down of the entire population in Occupied Jammu & Kashmir, that has gone on for two weeks, and continues to deepen the dire humanitarian tragedy as reported by the international human rights organizations and the international media.”

“The world community, including the United Nations Security Council, have taken cognizance of this utterly untenable situation. As for the Jammu & Kashmir dispute, Pakistan’s position is based on UN Charter principles and international law and remains unchanged.”