India Shouldn’t Mistake Restraint For Weakness: Pak Foreign Minister
New Delhi: Pakistan has asked the United Nations Security Council (UNSC) to convene an emergency meeting over India’s decision to revoke the special status of Jammu and Kashmir and bifurcate the state into two Union Territories.
Pakistan’s Foreign Minister Shah Mahmood Qureshi said his country would not provoke a conflict but “India should not mistake our restraint for weakness”.
In a letter to the UNSC, Qureshi said, “If India chooses to resort again to the use of force, Pakistan will be obliged to respond, in self-defence, with all its capabilities.”
Qureshi added that “in view of the dangerous implications” Pakistan requested the meeting.
Pakistan had on Saturday said Beijing fully supported it in approaching the UN body over the repeal of Article 370 after Qureshi visited China on Friday and met with his Chinese counterpart Wang Yi and other top officials.
On Friday, China told Qureshi that it regarded both India and Pakistan as “friendly neighbours” and wants them to resolve the issue through UN resolutions and the Shimla Agreement.