January 2019 News

Pakistan Will Observe Kashmir Day On Feb 5: Mirwaiz Umar Farooq

30 January 2019
India Today
Rouf A Roshangar

Srinagar: Pakistan is set to observe Kashmir Day on February 5 as a mark of protest against the 'government of India's reluctance to solve the burning issue'. 'We are organising Kashmir Day in Pakistan on February 5 and we will invite all political parties of Pakistan and will support the Kashmir cause' - this is what Pakistan Foreign Minister Shah Mahmood Qureshi told me over phone,' separatist leader Mirwaiz Umar Farooq, on Wednesday said, while addressing the media in Srinagar. Farooq spoke to Pakistan Foreign Minister Shah Mahmood Qureshi over telephone on Tuesday (January 29). According to a statement issued by the Pakistani Foreign Office, the two talked about the Kashmir issue. Qureshi said that his government was trying to highlight the 'human rights violations' being perpetrated by India. In response, India said the action reflected 'duplicity' in Pakistani leadership's intentions. 'We want a peaceful resolution to the Jammu and Kashmir issue and Pakistan is also willing to resolve it through peaceful dialogue,' Mirwaiz Umar Farooq added. The Kashmir issue should be seen as a political issue, and not a developmental one, he said. Mirwaiz Umar Farooq said, 'Kashmiris are upset because of the aggressive policies adopted by the Central government of India. They are responsible for pushing the Kashmiri youth towards militancy.' India has always maintained that the issue of Kashmir is bilateral and there can be no third party intervention in the matter. India has also emphasised that what happens in the state of Jammu and Kashmir is an internal matter and Pakistan should stop interfering.