Pakistani Foreign Minister Shah Mehmood Qureshi has asked his countrymen to not live in “fool’s paradise” by expecting the United Nations Security Council to “wait with garlands” to support their disagreement regarding India’s proposal to end “special status” granted to Jammu and Kashmir.
During a press release aired on PTV, Mr. Qureshi was quoted saying, “Giving vent to emotions is easy and raising objections is much easier. However it is difficult to understand the issue and move forward. They are not waiting for you with garlands in their hands. Any members out of the P-5 nations can be a hurdle… Do not live in fool’s paradise.”
He commented a day after Russia has become the first P-5 member to support India over the Article 370 Scrapping. It said that all necessary steps to be taken by India was under the constitutional framework.
The United States has kept its reply neutral and has not taken sides.
However, China has expressed its concern over the existing developments in Jammu and Kashmir.
After his trip to China, the Pakistani Foreign Minister has said that Beijing will offer its support to Islamabad over the Kashmir issue in the UNSC.
Meanwhile, India has made it very clear that Jammu and Kashmir is a fundamental part of the country and the issue to end “special status” and scrapping of Article 370 is completely its internal matter.
Thereafter, Pakistan has initiated a number of decisions, including suspending bilateral trade, downgrading bilateral relations with India, restriction of Indian movies from Pakistani cinema halls, and halting of Thar Express & Samjhauta trains from its side.