World Desk, Amar Ujala, Islamabad
Published by: Surendra Joshi
Updated Fri, 25 Jun 2021 11:14 PM IST
Pakistan has again done the work of entrapment in the internal matter of India. He did not like the cordial talks held in the all-party meeting called on Jammu and Kashmir. The next day he took out his annoyance about it.
Pakistan’s Foreign Minister Shah Mehmood Qureshi (file photo)
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Prime Minister Modi on Thursday held talks with prominent leaders of Jammu and Kashmir and told them that the priority of the Center is to strengthen democracy at the grassroots level there.
Pakistan Foreign Minister Qureshi said a day after the high-level meeting on Jammu and Kashmir in New Delhi, ‘I think it was a drama and why was it a drama? Because it can be called maximum public relations exercise, but nothing has been achieved.
vague statement on special status
Qureshi said that Kashmiri leaders in that meeting “unitedly demanded restoration of statehood”. “The leaders did not get any concrete response to their demand and instead were told that a decision on restoring the special status of Kashmir will be taken at an appropriate time, which is a vague statement,” he said.
Hurriyat not invited
The Pakistan Foreign Minister said that the All Party Hurriyat Conference leadership was not invited to the meeting. Qureshi claimed that India is attempting a demographic change in Kashmir which is a matter of concern for Pakistan as it will have long-term implications.
No ‘back door’ channel with India
Asked about behind-the-scenes diplomacy with India, he said that there is no such communication going on with India, but he confirmed that there has been contact at the intelligence level. “There is no ‘back-door channel’, but there is communication on the regional situation at the intelligence level, but there is no ‘back-door channel’,” he said.