ISLAMABAD: A European foreign minister called for the United Nations’ role to solve the Kashmir dispute, it is for the frist time Pakistan achieved a major diplomatic win in Germany.
The development came to the fore at a joint press conference held by Foreign Minister Bilawal Bhutto Zardari and his German counterpart Annalena Baerbock when a question was raised about the role Germany could play to resolve the Jammu and Kashmir dispute.
Even the Pakistanis present at the German Foreign Office were pleasantly surprised by the remarks of Ms Baerbock hoping it becomes a settled German foreign policy. “Germany also has a role and responsibility with regard to the situation in Kashmir. Therefore, we support intensively the engagement of the United Nations, to find peaceful resolutions in the region,” said Ms Baerbock.
Foreign Minister Bilawal, while commenting on disputes worldwide and in the region, also commented on the Kashmir dispute. “We will continue to raise the issue of Indian-Occupied Kashmir. We believe that international law should apply everywhere, and the UN resolution should be respected everywhere,“ he said.
The credit for the change should be given to Pakistan’s ambassador to Germany, Dr Mohammad Faisal who with the Foreign Office coordinated the visit of the foreign minister and created an awareness about the Kashmir dispute and the plight of Kashmiris in the Indian Occupied Kashmir.
Meanwhile, the Indian spokesman at the Ministry of External Affairs in Delhi, commenting on the remarks of the two foreign ministers in Germany, remarked, “All serious and conscientious members of the global community have a role and responsibility to call out international terrorism, especially of a cross border nature.”
Earlier, on Friday the Indian spokesman had objected to the visit of the US Ambassador in Islamabad, Donald Blome to Azad Kashmir (AJK), pointing out that this visit could have been avoided and that the term AJK should not have been used. However, Washington has ignored India’s objections.