Belgian FM concerned over Kashmir situation

India wants to destroy regional peace: FM

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ISLAMABAD
Foreign Minister Shah Mahmood Qureshi on Tuesday said that India wanted to destroy peace in South Asia by taking unilateral steps in occupied Kashmir. Talking to a five-member parliamentary delegation from the United Kingdom (UK) at the Foreign Office, FM Qureshi said that India’s unilateral step of 5th August was the clear violation of United Nations Security Council resolutions and international laws.
On the occasion, the foreign minister appraised the delegation about India planning to change the demography of occupied Kashmir by large-scale massacre, atrocities and human rights violation.
Earlier in the day, Foreign Minister Shah Mehmood Qureshi had said that Pakistan will raise the Kashmir issue with full vigor at the United Nation General Assembly (UNGA) session next month.
He was giving a briefing to National Assembly’s Standing Committee on Foreign Affairs on the evolving situation in Kashmir after the unilateral steps taken by the Indian government on the fifth of this month. The Minister had apprised the committee on the meeting of National Committee on Kashmir and the proposals put forth by its members.
Meanwhile, Foreign Minister Qureshi held a telephonic conversation with his Belgium counterpart Didier Reynders on Tuesday to brief him on the current situation in India-occupied Jammu and Kashmir.
The foreign minister highlighted illegal and unilateral steps by the Indian government to change the disputed status of the occupied region and its demographic structure. He added these steps were in contravention of the United Nations Security Council (UNSC) resolutions on Jammu and Kashmir and the International Law.
FM Qureshi underscored that India has progressively reneged on its commitments to the Security Council, Pakistan, other states and the people of Jammu & Kashmir. He underlined that the actions taken by India entailed grave risk for peace and security in the region.
He highlighted the severe hardships faced by the people of India-occupied Jammu and Kashmir in the face of unprecedented lockdown of the entire population. The foreign minister apprised him on the worsening situation of basic human rights, safety and security of the people in the occupied region, which has been under curfew since 05 August 2019.
Foreign Minister Reynders expressed concern on the human rights situation in occupied Jammu and Kashmir. He stated that further escalation would have severe impact on peace and security in the region. He reaffirmed his readiness to remain engaged with a view to playing a facilitative role. The two leaders agreed to continue working together for peace and stability in the region.

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