Qureshi phones Turkish counterpart, writes to UNSC’s president

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Pakistan will continue playing its due role in Commonwealth: FM Qureshi

ISLAMABAD: Foreign Minister Shah Mahmood Qureshi on Friday called his Turkish counterpart Mevlut Cavusoglu to thank him for Turkey’s ‘steadfast support’ to Pakistan on a range of issues and said this support reflected the commitment of Pakistan and Turkey to stand by each other.
Briefing the Turkish foreign minister on the emerging situation in the wake of the Pulwama incident, he stated that Pakistan had asked India to share any actionable information it had enabling Pakistan to help in an investigation into the attack.
Qureshi appreciated Turkey’s understanding of Pakistan’s position on different issues and its continued support and shared that excellent relations between the two brotherly countries had been further reinforced after Prime Minister Imran Khan’s visit to Turkey in January this year.
During the visit, the two sides had agreed to transform Pakistan-Turkey relations into a new enhanced strategic partnership, he added.
Expressing complete understanding of Pakistan’s position, the Turkish foreign minister said that Turkey rejected Indian accusations against Pakistan in the wake of Pulwama attack. He also underscored the need for dialogue between India and Pakistan to resolve all outstanding issues.
He stated that the issue of Kashmir needed to be resolved through dialogue and in accordance with the relevant UN Security Council Resolutions.
The Turkish minister said that President Recep Tayyip Erdogan will visit Pakistan after the local elections in Turkey.
Meanwhile, in letter to President UN Security Council, Anatolio Ndong Mba, Qureshi drew attention of the United Nations towards gravity of regional security situation created by threats of use of force by India against Pakistan.
The Foreign Minister said the prevalent situation poses direct threat to global peace and security.
He said immediately after the Pulwama attack in Occupied Kashmir on 14th of this month, India began accusing Pakistan without any investigation and New Delhi started threatening Pakistan of retaliation.
Shah Mehmood Qureshi said the source of baseless Indian allegations is a social media video of dubious content. He said India is giving the name of its speculations as facts, in an effort to blame Pakistan for its operational and policy failures.
The Foreign Minister said India is deliberately pursuing an aggressive policy to make the environment distasteful due to its internal political reasons.
He said Indian Prime Minister Narendra Modi is stoking negative sentiments among his people against Pakistan for political compulsions.
Shah Mehmood Qureshi added that Indian authorities are threatening to stop the flow of river waters to Pakistan which can jeopardize the agreed Indus Water Treaty between the two countries.
Rejecting the Indian allegations on Pulwama attack, the Foreign Minister said Pakistan has offered to hold investigation into the incident on the provision of concrete evidence.
Prime Minister Imran Khan offered India for negotiations on terrorism and other conflicts between the two countries. Pakistan has also expressed the resolve to defend itself in case of Indian aggression.
Shah Mehmood Qureshi said that Kashmiri people are being subjected to torture for raising their demand of right to self-determination which is their inalienable right.
He said the UN Security Council resolutions give the people of Jammu and Kashmir the right to plebiscite for determining their future.

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