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Pak FM invites stakeholders to Kashmir seminar at UK parliament

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Srinagar, Jan 28: Pakistan Foreign Minister Shah Mehmood Qureshi has invited all his country’s parliamentarians including political leadership of Pakistan-administered Kashmir to attend a seminar on the Kashmir issue at the United Kingdom’s House of Commons early next month, a media report said on Monday.

According to a report in ‘The Express Tribune’, the invitation was extended today as Qureshi met members of the Senate Standing Committee on Foreign Affairs.

Qureshi, according to the report, said that national unity was essential to bolster Islamabad’s efforts for an effective resolution to the Kashmir issue.

“We all must work together and raise our voices in unison for Kashmiris’ right to self-determination,” he said.

The foreign minister urged the Pakistani and Kashmiri political leadership to attend the seminar in the House of Commons on February 04 and a related exhibition in London on February 05.

“Qureshi and Foreign Secretary Tehmina Janjua also briefed the standing committee on the report released by the UK Parliament’s All-Party Parliamentary Kashmir Group (APPKG) in October 2018,” the newspaper reported.

Addressing the Senate committee members, Qureshi said the reports by the APPKG and the Office of the United Nations High Commissioner for Human Rights had “revealed the true scale of India’s brutalities in Kashmir.”

According to the report, Qureshi stressed the need to highlight the findings at all international forums and reaffirmed Pakistan’s commitment to support Kashmiris in their struggle for the right of self-determination.

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