Indian action in IoK sheer violation of UNSC resolutions: Qureshi

FM discusses IoK situation Swedish, Danish, Norwegian counterparts

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The strict curfew across Indian occupied Kashmir (IoK) enters the 18th consecutive day Thursday. On August 5, the Indian government had announced the scrapping of the special status of occupied Kashmir by revoking Article 370 of the Indian constitution.
Due to the blockade, a famine-like situation is emerging as people are facing a severe shortage of essential commodities including baby food and life-saving medicines and occupied Kashmir represents a humanitarian crisis in all its manifestations.
According to the Kashmir Media Service (KMS), the occupied forces are forcing the parents to send their children to the school, to portray a good image at the international level. However, the parents are refusing to send their children to the schools.
Meanwhile, Foreign Minister Shah Mehmood Qureshi, Wednesday, with his Swedish, Danish and Norwegian counterparts. He has telephoned his Danish counterpart Jeppe Kofod on Wednesday to apprise him about rights violation and current situation in the Indian occupied Kashmir (IoK). Qureshi informed Kofod about the Indian unilateral step of scrapping the special status of occupied Kashmir to change the demographic composition of the territory.
The FM said the UN Secretary-General has also taken notice of the situation. He said the Kashmiri people have no access to food and medicines due to complete clampdown. The foreign minister said Pakistan has always expressed readiness and are ready for talks with India.
Shah Mahmood Qureshi asked his Danish counterpart to play his role to get the curfew lifted in occupied Kashmir and bring an end to the difficulties faced by Kashmiri people. The Danish Minister of Foreign Affairs said his country has concerns on the current situation. He said we will ask both the sides to pursue the course of dialogue to save the region from any conflict.
Foreign Minister Makhdoom Shah Mahmood Qureshi also held a telephonic conversation with Norwegian Foreign Minister Ine Marie Eriksen Soreide today to discuss the illegal actions by India in the Occupied Jammu and Kashmir. The Foreign Minister said that the measures taken by India were against the resolutions of the United Nations Security Council on Jammu and Kashmir and international law.
He also apprised the Norwegian Foreign Minister of the grave human rights and humanitarian situation in Occupied Kashmir, including severe shortages of basic necessities of life such as food and medicines. The Foreign Minister urged Norway to play its role and impress upon India to ease the suffering of the people of Indian Occupied Jammu and Kashmir.
Foreign Minister Soreide said Norway was concerned about situation in Kashmir and added that they would urge both India and Pakistan to deescalate the situation and ease tensions. Both Foreign Ministers also discussed the situation in Afghanistan. The Norwegian Foreign Minister appreciated Pakistan’s positive role in the efforts to bring peace and stability in Afghanistan.
The two leaders agreed to stay in touch and continue to work together for peace and stability in the region.
Swedish Foreign Minister Margot Wallström while expressing concern on situation in Occupied Kashmir has called for comprehensive investigation of human rights violations in the held territory.
Foreign Minister Shah Mehmood Qureshi also held a telephonic contact with his Ivory Coastian counterpart Marcel Amon-Tanoh and apprised him of gross human rights violations in Occupied Kashmir by Indian forces.
The foreign minister said a new human tragedy is unfolding after unilateral steps of India.

Shah Mehmood Qureshi said Pakistan considers Ivory Coast an important country of West Africa. He urged the Ivory Coastian side to play its role in stopping the serious human rights abuses in held Kashmir being member of the UN Security Council.
They also discussed issues of mutual interest including grave situation of Occupied Kashmir.

Marcel Amon-Tanoh said his country is closely watching the situation and being a member of the UN Security Council, it will cooperate..
Meanwhile, Punjab Assembly in a resolution has condemned Indian atrocities in Occupied Jammu and Kashmir and Indian unilateral step of abrogating the special status of Occupied Kashmir. The resolution was unanimously passed during Punjab Assembly session in Lahore.
The resolution through Federal Government also demanded the United Nations take action over Indian atrocities in Occupied State. The House appreciated the fact that the whole nation, armed forces, and the government is on one page on this issue. The House assured the people of Occupied Kashmir that Pakistan will continue its moral, diplomatic and political support for Kashmir cause.

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