:: Peoples Time Online ::
Pakistan Foreign Minister Shah Mahmood Qureshi addressed a press conference in Islamabad, following a special meeting of the National Security Committee (NSC) convened by Prime Minister Imran Khan in the wake of the Indian Air Force’s (IAF) violation of the Line of Control (LoC).
The foreign minister is accompanied by Finance Minister Asad Umar and Defence Minister Pervez Khattak at the press conference.
Qureshi started the press conference by reading out the NSC statement in which Pakistan said it would respond to Indian aggression at time and place of its choosing.
The foreign minister announced that “a three-member committed has been formed, including me, finance minister and defence minister to approach the parliament, and so that the people of Pakistan can be taken into confidence on the evolving situation.”
Qureshi said that local and international media will be taken to the site of the Indian violation. “The helicopters are ready. If the weather permits, then they will be taken there so they could inspect themselves and expose the Indian propaganda. The statement of Mehbooba Mufti is in front of you. The story being presented is different from the facts.”
“It has been decided that international leadership will be engaged with, and the foreign office and prime minister will engage. At the request of Pakistan, there is an OIC (Organisation of Islamic Cooperation) conflict group emergency meeting underway, and Tehmina Janjua is representing Pakistan there. We will present Pakistan’s point of view at that forum.”
The foreign minister said that Prime Minister Imran Khan has also had telephonic conversations with UAE Crown Prince Sheikh Mohammed bin Zayed Al Nahyan as well as Saudi Crown Prince Mohammad bin Salman over the issue.
“I also took British and Chinese foreign ministers into confidence because I knew a trilateral meeting is about to take place in Beijing between India, China and Russia,” Qureshi said. “I wanted to present the facts to them.
“Today, the situation has changed. Aggression has been done against a founding member of the OIC, the Muslims in India are in fear, and Kashmiris are being targeted. That incident took place in Pulwama but the reaction was seen across all states of India. Students have had to hide and save their lives. In New Delhi there have been attacks on youth. A Muslim journalist who had no relation to Pulwama was attacked and beaten [because] he is a Kashmiri.”
“Keeping this situation in mind we need to reevaluate, and we need to brief the parliament. Whatever the facts are, aside from the foreign office, the DG military operations and deputy chief of air staff will together take them into confidence and inform them about the exact situation. It is our responsibility and obligation to inform the people of Pakistan.”