India’s revocation of Kashmir’s special status will jeopardize regional peace, Pakistani FM says

Pakistani Foreign Minister Shah Mahmood Qureshi was in Jeddah for a meeting of the Organization of Islamic Cooperation. (File/AFP)
Updated 07 August 2019

India’s revocation of Kashmir’s special status will jeopardize regional peace, Pakistani FM says

  • Qureshi said Islamabad will “use all diplomatic, legal and political options” against the Indian move
  • Pakistan has constituted a seven-member committee to review the political, diplomatic and legal aspects of responding to India’s move

ISLAMABAD: India’s revocation of Kashmir’s special status is a “unilateral and unjust” move that will jeopardize regional peace, Pakistani Foreign Minister Shah Mahmood Qureshi told Arab News.
Article 370, which New Delhi has revoked, gave the state of Jammu and Kashmir significant autonomy from the rest of India.
“Just when the Afghan peace process was making smooth headway, India has played the role of a spoiler by creating this distraction,” he said from Jeddah, where he was attending an emergency meeting of the Organization of Islamic Cooperation on Kashmir on Sunday.
“Russia, China, Central Asian republics and Pakistan all have a shared objective to have peace restored in Afghanistan, a cease-fire implemented and stability returned to the country,” he added.
“This kind of diversion … at such a sensitive point neither serves the region nor helps US interests. They (India) have rather hindered (the peace process).”
Qureshi said Islamabad will “use all diplomatic, legal and political options” against the Indian move.
“Pakistan has not only taken up the issue with the US, but also has started using its diplomatic contacts with China, Russia and other world powers,” he added.
He said New Delhi had rejected an offer from US President Donald Trump to mediate between Pakistan and India.
“Now, Pakistan will use the UN Security Council, as well as other humanitarian and legal ways, to take up the volatile issue of Kashmir,” Qureshi added.
“Our legal experts are looking into all the possible dimensions to use the International Court of Justice or other legal platforms,” he said.
“The world has not only condemned India’s ruthlessly imposed decision on the Kashmiri people, but has rejected it altogether.”
The Kashmiri diaspora is in “sheer anguish,” while “Indian legal experts are saying the decision is unlawful and can be a big challenge” for New Delhi, Qureshi said. “It will create chaos within India.”

Pakistan has constituted a seven-member committee to review the political, diplomatic and legal aspects of responding to India’s move.
The committee comprises Qureshi, Pakistan’s attorney general, its foreign secretary, a renowned international law expert and three top generals.


Curtains close on Jaipur Literature Festival

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Curtains close on Jaipur Literature Festival

  • This year’s themes were current trends in politics, wider society, the economy, art, and literature

NEW DELHI: The 13th edition of the Jaipur Literature Festival (JLF) came to a close on Monday after registering a footfall of more than 400,000 visitors during the five-day event, which saw the participation of more than 500 speakers from 30 countries.

What started as a small event in the western Indian city of Jaipur in 2007 has gone on to become one of the most prestigious literary festivals in the world, so much so that the Diggi Palace, an expansive medieval structure which was used as the venue for the JLF every year, became overcrowded this year, forcing organizers to look for a new venue for 2021.

This year’s themes were current trends in politics, wider society, the economy, art, and literature.

With India witnessing continuous protests against new citizenship legislation introduced by the government, most of the political discussions revolved around the issue, with many drawing attention to the danger it posed to the constitution and the secular fabric of the country.

Changes taking place in the Arab world were also part of this year’s discourse with four Arab authors speaking at the JLF.