Modi an obstacle to Pakistan-India talks: FM Qureshi

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ISLAMABAD: Indian Prime Minister Narendra Modi was the biggest obstacle to Pakistan-India talks, according to Pakistan’s Foreign Minister Shah Mehmood Qureshi.

In talks with the media, the foreign minister said that Modi put Kashmir at stake to win the election.

“In February, he stoked the flames of tension to win the election,” Qureshi said.

Responding to UNSC’s approval of his request for an urgent meeting on the situation of the Indian-occupied Kashmir, Qureshi termed it as a landmark diplomatic achievement for Pakistan that the UNSC will address the Kashmir issue after five decades.

“Russia is aware of our stance. I presented Pakistan’s stance on the Kashmir issue in detail during my phone call with Russian Foreign Minister Sergei Lavrov. Hopefully, Russia will back our point of view at the Security Council,” Qureshi added.

Our work is to present our point-of-view with sincerity at the Security Council, he asserted.

The foreign minister added India is perpetrating genocide of Kashmiris in a plan to change the demographic composition of the population in Kashmir.

The UN Security Council is expected to hold a session on the Kashmir dispute on Friday, Radio Pakistan reported.

The development comes a day after China also backed Pakistan’s request for the international body to discuss India’s move and asked the UNSC on Wednesday to meet behind closed doors, according to sources.