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Tensions flare as Pakistani Foreign Minister boycotts India’s FM speech in New York

Pakistani foreign minister walks out ahead of the Indian foreign ministers speech in New York

Pakistani foreign minister walks out ahead of the Indian foreign ministers speech in New York

Pakistans Foreign Minister Shah Mehmood Qureshi boycotted the speech of his Indian counterpart, Subrahmanyam Jaishankar in New York on Thursday.

Qureshi said his decision to walk out as Jaishankar took the stage during an annual meeting of the SAARC Council of Ministers was related to India’s ongoing aggression and violence in occupied Kashmir.

India needed to ensure the protection of all Kashmiris’ human rights, the foreign minister told media in New York. They have to make sure that the Kashmiri folks’ basic rights were safe, he added.

Qureshi added that New Delhi should also ensure that there were no human rights violations in the occupied valley. “It is impossible for me to sit with the murderers of the Kashmiris,” he said.

FM Qureshi had decided to walk out of Jaishankar’s speech shortly before his Indian counterpart walked up to the stage.

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