Shah Mehmood Qureshi—the foreign minister informed that Islamabad would be hosting the next SAARC summit.
As per the minister all the SAARC—South Asian Association for Regional Cooperation members have taken the decision of holding its next summit in the federal capital.
While addressing a press conference FM Qureshi said that he has invited all heads of the states of the 8 SAARC countries for the upcoming summit which was accepted by all the member nations.
FM Qureshi indicated that India raised objections over its participation in the previous summit that was in 2016. He added that India has not raised any objections this time.
He said that he had already said that SAARC forum is free of all conflicts. He also said that it has been decided that the next summit of SAARC would be hosted in Islamabad under the chairmanship pf the Prime Minister of Pakistan—Imran Khan.
Regarding the date, he said that it would be finalized after consultations with the member states.
The decision was taken during a meeting of the foreign ministers from the SAARC member countries.
The foreign minister said that he could not sit with the ones who are continuing atrocities against Kashmiris and India is responsible behind all the bloodshed of the people being witnessed by the people of the region of occupied Jammu and Kashmir.
He said that India has accepted to take part in the upcoming SAARC summit after it experienced isolation internationally.
Qureshi said that India is being criticized over its unlawful step in the region which has been declared disputed by its own government.
He added that India tried to annex the disputed area via power. After its illegal transgression, 14 petitions have been submitted so far in the Indian Supreme Court about the Kashmir crisis.
While responding to a question, FM Qureshi said that the United States President—Donald Trump has reiterated his proposal to mediate between Pakistan and India over Kashmir. He said that the renewed offer has added more troubles for the Indian PM.
He said that India would have to pay a heavy price for its atrocities and challenged PM Modi to lift curfew and hold a public gathering in the occupied valley.