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We Have To Fight Long Battle For Kashmir: Qureshi

NEW YORK: Foreign Minister Shah Mehmood Qureshi says Prime Minister Imran Khan held a number of important meetings today to highlight the situation in Occupied Kashmir with representatives of international organizations.

Talking to media in New York on Sunday, he said a delegation of George Soros Foundation called on Prime Minister Imran Khan in which they apprised him of their work in the field of education in Afghanistan. The delegation also expressed their wish to work in improving quality of education through various projects in Pakistan.

They also informed the Prime Minister of their expertise in taxation reforms. Shah Mehmood Qureshi said an important point in Prime Minister’s agenda is to improve the tax reforms and bring transparency and improvement in tax collection efforts. He said the meeting agreed that the experts of the George Soros Foundation will visit Pakistan soon to assess the needs of reforms in taxation machinery.

Foreign Minister said Prime Minister also had a meeting with Secretary General of Amnesty International Kumi Naidoo. The Secretary General informed the Prime Minister of the difficulties being faced by his organization in carrying out work in Occupied Kashmir.

He also informed the high handedness of the Indian authorities in the held valley. Kumi Naidoo said members of his organization have to visit courts every other day to seek permission for their work.

Shah Mehmood Qureshi said the Prime Minister also had a meeting with Ambassador Zalmay Khalilzad. He informed the Prime Minister of developments in negotiations with Taliban for Afghan peace process. He gave an overview of the whole process and appreciated the role of Pakistan as facilitator.

Foreign Minister said Republican Senator Lindsay Graham also called on Prime Minister. He is one of the four senators who wrote a letter to President Trump inviting his attention to situation in Occupied Kashmir.

Prime Minister thanked his effort in highlighting the Kashmir issue and plight of innocent Kashmiris. Shah Mehmood Qureshi said the US Congress can play an important role in raising the voice of Kashmiris in the US.

He said the Prime Minister is to meet a delegation of International Committee of the Red Cross today.  Shah Mehmood Qureshi said ICRC is a very important organization and it is also not being allowed to work in Occupied Kashmir.

Shah Mehmood Qureshi said during his stay in Geneva he apprised the high officials of World Health Organization about the shortage of life saving drugs and essential items in Occupied Kashmir. He said he was informed that ICRC can play an important role in the provision of this stuff to Kashmiri people and the Prime Minister will discuss this issue as well.

Foreign Minister said a meeting with Kashmiri delegation comprising eleven members is also scheduled to be held with the Prime Minister today. He said we will want to know their expectations from us and also their guidance on future course of action.