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Foreign Minister Qureshi called Turkish Foreign Minister Mevlut Cavusoglu today and apprised him of the latest situation in the Indian Occupied Jammu and Kashmir, arising out of India’s illegal and unilateral actions of 5 August 2019.

Among other things, the Foreign Minister stressed that the Indian actions were in violation of UNSC Resolutions and international law and posed a serious threat to peace and security.

The Foreign Minister underlined, in particular, the gravity of the human rights situation owing to the inhuman lockdown of millions of Kashmiris for over three weeks now. The Foreign Minister underscored that the situation warranted immediate actions including complete lifting of the curfew, removal of restrictions on movement, peaceful assembly and release of political prisoners.

The Foreign Minister thanked the Turkish Foreign Minister for Turkey’s steadfast support to Pakistan on all issues and particularly its principled position on the Jammu and Kashmir dispute. The Foreign Minister also conveyed deep appreciation for President Recep Tayyip Erodogan’s strong support for the Kashmir cause expressed at every juncture.

The Turkish Foreign Minister reaffirmed Turkey’s abiding support for Pakistan and the people of occupied Jammu & Kashmir. He added that Turkey will continue to be in solidarity with the Kashmiri people for the realization of their rights. The two Ministers also reaffirmed the exceptional quality of Pakistan-Turkey relations based on complete mutual trust and support on each other’s national causes.

26 August 2019

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