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Pakistan Foreign Minister Qureshi leaves for London to attend conference on Kashmir

Pakistan Foreign Minister Shah Mehmood Qureshi. Photograph:( ANI )

ANI Islamabad, Pakistan Feb 03, 2019, 08.29 PM (IST)

Pakistan on Sunday said Foreign Minister Shah Mehmood Qureshi has boarded a flight to London to attend a summit on Kashmir in the UK.

Dunya News reported that the Foreign Minister will participate in the United Kingdom House of Commons’ debate, slated to be held on February 4.

The official Twitter account of Pakistan Government said, "Foreign Minister Shah Mehmood Qureshi left for London today to attend functions being organized in connection with Kashmir Solidarity Day. He will also address an international conference on Kashmir in British Parliament."

As per reports, the Foreign Minister will also attend an exhibition on Kashmir in Park Lane on Tuesday, February 5.

Qureshi had in his remarks stated several times that Kashmir has been the cornerstone of Pakistan’s foreign policy and the stance of the Pakistan government is very clear over the issue.

“Pakistan will continue to extend its political, moral and diplomatic support to Kashmiris for their right to self-determination in accordance with United Nations (UN) Security Council resolutions," Qureshi said.

On Saturday, on the eve of Prime Minister Narendra Modi's visit to Jammu and Kashmir, Qureshi had made a call to hard-line Kashmiri separatist leader Syed Ali Shah Geelani to discuss the current situation in Kashmir.

Geelani is the second Kashmiri separatist leader whom Qureshi called up in the last few days. Earlier, he had a telephonic conversation with Hurriyat chief Mirwaiz Umar Farooq.

India took strong objection to that phone call and Pakistan's High Commissioner in New Delhi Sohail Mahmood was summoned by Indian Foreign Secretary Vijay Gokhale to lodge a protest.

Gokhale bluntly told Mahmood that Pakistan should desist from such provocative actions, failing which there will be "implications".