ICC should take notice of Indian team for wearing military caps: FM Qureshi

F.P. Report

SUKKUR: Foreign Minister Shah Mehmood Qureshi has asked the International Cricket Council (ICC) to take notice of the Indian cricket team for wearing military caps during the third One Day International (ODI) against Australia.

While talking to the media in Sukkur on Saturday, FM Qureshi said, “Indian Prime Minister Narendra Modi’s manner of speaking and jingoism is an act of compulsion till elections.

He added that the Indian premier Modi is facing immense pressure as the opposition is questioning his policies and demanding the truth be told behind Pulwama attack.

Regarding the Indian team behavior of wearing military caps in third ODI against Australia in Ranchi on Friday, FM Qureshi, “The world saw that the Indian cricket team wore military caps instead of their own, did ICC not see this? We think that it is the ICC’s responsibility to take notice of this without the Pakistan Cricket Board (PCB) bringing it up.”

The foreign minister further said that the Kashmir issue is a topic of debate since 1948. “There are UN resolutions on this issue and Pakistan strictly adheres to them, however, India is not.”

“The viewpoint of the world is once again changing. A UN report based on June 2018 findings was released today and takes notice of Indian atrocities in occupied Kashmir. The report recommends that an inquiry commission be formed to review the entire situation and apprise the world of it,” he added.

“Today, members of the British Parliament are raising their voices and questioning the Pulwama attack. India exerted pressure to delay a conference in Brussels but it still went ahead and questioned New Delhi’s policies. There are also voices in India today which are saying that they have lost occupied Kashmir, I am not saying this but Farooq Abdullah and Mehbooba Mufti are,” the foreign minister stated.

Responding to a question, Qureshi said, “All parties were in consensus on the National Action Plan but none of them had the courage to implement it. The current government courageously decided to go ahead with it fin keeping with the internal and external benefits of the country.”

Qureshi also invited political leaders to give their recommendations on implementation of NAP. “We will value them and will hold consultations on them,” he said.