Hurriyat leader welcomes Bilawal’s stance of not compromising on Kashmir

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Foreign Minister Bilawal Bhutto-Zardari (left) and Hurriyat leader Abdul Hameed Lone.  — Reuters/Twitter/File
Foreign Minister Bilawal Bhutto-Zardari (left) and Hurriyat leader Abdul Hameed Lone. — Reuters/Twitter/File

Hurriyat leader Abdul Hameed Lone Friday welcomed India’s Foreign Minister Bilawal Bhutto-Zardari’s principled attitude of not compromising on the Kashmir issue – a flashpoint between both nations.

Bilawal was in Goa, India for a two-day visit to attend the Council of Foreign Ministers (CFM) Summit of the Shanghai Cooperation Organization (SCO) where he met with counterparts from different countries.

Bilawal’s visit to India marked the first visit by a Pakistani foreign minister to Delhi in more than a decade and has received significant media attention in both countries. The two have fought three wars, share frosty relations and have soured their diplomatic ties.

“I welcome the statement of Foreign Minister Bilawal Bhutto. Together with India, he also told the world [Pakistan] would not compromise when it comes to Kashmir,” the Hurriyat leader said in a statement.

Lone said FM Bilawal’s insistence on the implementation of United Nations resolutions is encouraging. “Bilawal stressed that India’s August 5 decision was against UN resolutions.”

The Hurriyat leader said that because of Pakistan’s clear stance on the issue of the region, India’s negative propaganda has come to light and this has caused a wave of happiness in the region.

Speaking to reporters ahead of his departure for Pakistan, the foreign minister said Pakistan and India want peace, stressing that New Delhi must create a “conducive environment” for talks between neighboring countries.

It is up to India to create a favorable climate for talks, the foreign minister said, adding that India’s decision to end the special status of Indian illegally occupied Jammu and Kashmir in 2019 will improve the climate for the having conversations between the neighbours.

However, Bilawal said that despite his rare visit to India, there was no change in the status of diplomatic relations. “India took illegal steps in August 2019 and its actions violated UN resolutions,” the FM said.

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