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Risk of accidental war with India, says Pakistan

September 14, 2019

Pakistan Foreign Minister Shah Mehmood Qureshi has said that the situation in Jammu and Kashmir is such that there is a risk of sparking an "accidental war". He made the statement while speaking to journalists on the sidelines of the United Nations Human Rights Council session in Geneva.

Qureshi added that he believed both Pakistan and India "understand the consequences of a conflict" but that an "accidental war" cannot be ruled out. He said he had asked the United Nations High Commissioner for Human Rights Michelle Bachelet to visit the region.

Qureshi has also called for an international investigation into the situation in Jammu and Kashmir.

Michelle Bachelet should visit both places and report as objectively as she can so that the world knows what the true... situation is. - Shah Mehmood Qureshi, Pakistan Foreign Minister

Pakistan has ruled out the possibility of bilateral talks to resolve the tensions. "In this environment and with the mindset that we see in New Delhi today, I do not see any room for bilateral engagement," said Qureshi. "If the US plays a role that can be important because they have a considerable influence in the region."

India has responded strongly to Qureshi at the UN calling his statement a "fabricated narrative from the epicentre of global terrorism".

Pakistani foreign office spokesman Mohammad Faisal has claimed that foreign ministers of Saudi Arabia and the United Arab Emirates have shown solidarity with Pakistan and support for the Kashmir cause.

Faisal said the ongoing tensions in Kashmir following New Delhi's decision to revoke the region's special status was one of the major issues discussed in all meetings.

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