Islamabad: Needling India over the violence
in Jammu and Kashmir, Pakistan on Tuesday asked it to "exercise
restraint" while expressing "unequivocal solidarity" with the
In a statement that may raise hackles in New Delhi,
Foreign Minister Shah Mahmood Qureshi spoke about "escalation
of violence against Kashmiri people".
"Pakistan is seriously concerned at the escalation of
violence against Kashmiri people that has resulted in the loss
of innocent lives. There is a need for the government of India
to exercise restraint," he said.
The minister raked up the issue of "self-determination",
saying Islamabad will extend political, moral and diplomatic
support to the Kashmiri people.
"Pakistan expresses its unequivocal solidarity with the
people of Jammu and Kashmir and shall continue to extend its
political, moral and diplomatic support to the just cause of
the people of Jammu and Kashmir for their right to
self-determination," he said.
Qureshi said the statement by UN Secretary General Ban
Ki-moon expressing "concern at the prevailing security
situation" and the "deep concern and disappointment" expressed
recently by the Organisation of the Islamic Conference
reflected the "collective concern of the international
community at the human rights violations" in Jammu and
His comments came despite the Indian government saying
Ban`s office has clarified that no question about Kashmir was
raised at any press conference "nor was any such comment made
by the UN Secretary General."