India commits grave HR violations in IoK: FM

Tehmina Janjua appointed as PM’s Special Representative on Diplomatic Outreach

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ISLAMABAD
Foreign Minister Qureshi said Prime Minister Imran Khan had decided to appoint General Qamar Javed Bajwa as Chief of Army Staff for another three years keeping in mind the security environment in the entire region, including Afghanistan and Indian Occupied Kashmir.
You are aware of the situation in Kashmir, the security situation in the region, and where our efforts are for the peace process in Afghanistan. Looking at the entire situation, the prime minister using his constitutional authority has decided to appoint Gen Qamar Javed Bajwa as Chief of Army Staff for another three years,” Foreign Minister Shah Mehmood Qureshi told reporters here.
The foreign minister said a clear message was being conveyed to India that there was continuation and clarity in the political and military leadership in Pakistan. At this stage we are not completely aware of the entire situation in Occupied Kashmir as there is curfew in the region. When the curfew is lifted, then we will know what exactly happened there, said the foreign minister when asked if any improvement was expected in Occupied Kashmir and Afghanistan following the decision.
He said that, according to some international media reports, there were some skirmishes in Occupied Kashmir even on Saturday. When the curfew is lifted, then we would know what exactly happened there. Qureshi pointed to irresponsible statements from India’s defence minister. You should not have any doubts over their aims and intentions, he said. A very clear message (is being conveyed) that Pakistan’s political and military leadership are not only ready, they are on one page. This was very important, said the foreign minister. The decision to appoint Gen Bajwa as Army chief for another three years was taken by Prime Minister Imran Khan earlier today.
General Qamar Javed Bajwa is appointed Chief of Army Staff for another term of three years from the date of completion of current tenure. The decision has been taken in view of the regional security environment, said a notification from the office of Prime Minister Imran Khan. General Qamar Javed Bajwa was first appointed as Pakistan’s Army chief in November 2016 by then-prime minister Nawaz Sharif. He took over command from former Army chief General (retd) Raheel Sharif.
Foreign Minister Shah Mehmood Qureshi says Prime Minister Imran Khan has decided to send former Foreign Secretary Tehmina Janjua to Geneva to highlight the Kashmir issue at UN Human Rights Council. Talking to media after the meeting of Parliamentary Committee for National Security in here d on Monday, he said we are observing the legal, political and diplomatic perspective of Kashmir issue. Shah Mehmood Qureshi said India has violated international agreements by taking unilateral decision on Kashmir. He said India is committing human rights violations in Occupied Kashmir.
Former foreign secretary Tehmina Janjua has been appointed as the Prime Minister’s Special Representative on Diplomatic Outreach. They discussed important diplomatic issues including the grave situation in occupied Jammu and Kashmir. Speaking on the occasion, the foreign minister said Pakistan is facing a number of challenges at the diplomatic front.
He directed the special representative to immediately assume her responsibilities in Geneva and highlight gross human rights violations by Indian troops in Occupied Jammu and Kashmir before the international community.
The former foreign secretary expressed her commitment to working in the larger national interest of Pakistan under the guidance of Prime Minister Imran Khan and Foreign Minister Shah Mehmood Qureshi. It is to mention here that Janjua retired as the country’s foreign secretary in April this year.
Meanwhile, Pakistan has lodged a strong protest with India over its recent ceasefire violations along the line of control. Director General South Asia and SAARC Dr. Mohammad Faisal summoned Indian Deputy High Commissioner Gaurav Ahluwalia at the foreign office on Monday and condemned the unprovoked ceasefire violations by the Indian occupation forces yesterday in Hot Spring and Chirikot Sectors of LoC. Two elderly innocent civilians were martyred and a seven year old minor boy got seriously injured in the unprovoked firing.
The Director General South Asia and SAARC urged the Indian side to respect the 2003 Ceasefire arrangement and maintain peace on the LoC and the Working Boundary. He urged that the Indian side should permit UNMOGIP to play its mandated role as per the UN Security Council resolutions.
The foreign office spokesperson, in a statement, said the Indian forces have continuously been targeting civilian populated areas with artillery fire, heavy-caliber mortars, and automatic weapons along the LoC and Working boundary. This unprecedented escalation in ceasefire violations by India is continuing from the year 2017 when the Indian forces committed 1970 ceasefire violations.
The spokesperson said the deliberate targeting of civilian populated areas is indeed deplorable and contrary to human dignity, international human rights and humanitarian laws. He said the ceasefire violations by India are a threat to regional peace and security and may lead to a strategic miscalculation.

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