Only two days after Imran Khan's speech where he waxed eloquent about how the Kashmir issue between India and Pakistan can be solved peacefully, his Minister for Foreign Affairs, Shah Mehmood Qureshi, exposed the country's duplicity. On Friday, he announced that the country will be raking up the Kashmir issue in London on the occasion of 'Kashmir Day'.
In a fiery speech, Qureshi even said, "We will take the flags of Pakistan and Kashmir together in our hands and hoist it in London. We will tell the whole world what is humiliation and what is human rights violation." Here is the full speech's transcript:
"Kashmir has been the cornerstone of our policy and it will be there and till the time this issue is not resolved, it will be there. ... (unclear) the issue of my Kashmir was raised and today with all respect I would like to say that every year on the fifth of February, we celebrate Kashmir Day. And today, on the occasion of PTI's 100-day launch, I would like to salute those Kashmiris where there have been bloodshed happening. That you are not alone. We are there for you. Inshallah, on February 5th, I am inviting you all because there is no unity on the Kashmir issue. All parties of Pakistan are one on this issue. I want to tell that the new reports from the Human Rights Commission have come. Reports from Pakistan's Ambassador and the reports from House of Commons have also been released on October 30th. These reports should be raised and should be debated upon in London. So please gather, this year, we will take the flags of Pakistan and Kashmir together in our hands and hoist it in London. And, we will tell the whole world what is humiliation and what is human rights violation. For everyone else these are bitter relations. Pakistan never forgot you at that time, Imran hasn't forgotten you and he never will. "
India's Army Chief General Bipin Rawat had earlier responded to Imran Khan's statements at the Kartarpur Corridor groundbreaking, telling Pakistan to stop sending terrorists from its soil.
"First, you take one step forward, you say, if India takes one step forward, we will take two steps forward, India has taken steps a lot of times. At least you should make a move, we have stated that terror is growing in your country, at least take some initiative in your country to curb terrorism. Stop sending terrorists from your country. First show us on ground what's the situation, we'll take a step forward, but first you take a step forward. Whether that's two steps and whether that's one step, yes or not?"
He also reiterated India's Minister of External Affairs Sushma Swaraj's statement where she said that terror and talks do not go together.
"There's a contradiction in what they are saying, so you know you cannot keep making these statements for generating trust. So, I think one step from there should come in a positive manner. Then we will investigate whether that one step has taken effect on the ground. After that we will take an initiative but until that happens our nation has a very clear policy terror and talks don't go together," he said.
Pakistan PM Imran Khan on Wednesday, during the Kartarpur Corridor event, he said that Kashmir was the only issue between the two countries and that it was solvable if the leaders showed commitment. He also went on about how there is only the option of friendship between the two countries.
"Two nations that are nuclear-armed, it's madness to think of war. The person who thinks he can win a nuclear war is foolish. Everybody will lose that war. If nobody wants war then is there any other option but friendship?
We take a step forward and two steps back. We can live peacefully. ...our only issue is Kashmir. We need a decisive leadership on both sides which says we want to solve their issue. There is nothing that cannot be solved. We need to dream big. If our relationship is sorted there is so much potential. We will be benefited so much. I want a strong relationship with India, in order to end the war. There is nothing that cannot be solved."