Indian unilateral steps against UNSC resolutions on Kashmir: FM

Pakistan rejects Indian stance on Iok’s situation

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ISLAMABAD: Foreign Minister Shah Mehmood Qureshi briefed on Thursday ambassadors and members of the Diplomatic Corps on India’s decision to end the special constitutional status of the disputed territory of held Kashmir.  Foreign Minister briefs the Heads of Mission / Ambassadors and members of the Diplomatic Corps rejecting the Indian decision to try to change disputed status of IOK, Foreign Office Spokesperson Dr Muhammad Faisal tweeted.

He quoted FM Qureshi as urging the diplomats to stop India from committing blatant violations of human rights of the Kashmiri people. The foreign minister said India has turned held Kashmir into the largest prison in the world by deploying over 900,000 troops to subjugate 14 million Kashmiris.

Foreign Minister Shah Mehmood Qureshi on Thursday urged the European Union(EU) to take notice of worsening situation of the Indian occupied Kashmir. Qureshi, in a telephonic conversation with High Representative of the EU for Foreign Affairs and Security Policy Federica Mogherini,  said India’s unilateral action to change the constitutional status of occupied Kashmir is a violation of the UN Security Council resolutions.

The minister said India is neither abiding by international treaties nor is it ready to respect bilateral agreements. He said India should be pressed to respect international laws, and Kashmir issue should be resolved under UN Security Council resolutions and as per aspirations of the Kashmiri people.

Shah Mehmood Qureshi said peace and stability in South Asia has been threatened by this irresponsible Indian act. He said Pakistan is taking the matter to the United Nations. He said Pakistan will continue diplomatic, political and moral support to the Kashmiris.

Foreign Minister Makhdoom Shah Mahmood Qureshi has said unilateral steps taken by India were against the very essence of various resolutions of the United Nations Security Council (UNSC) on Jammu and Kashmir. He stated this talking to High Representative of European Union for Foreign Affairs and Security Policy/Vice President of the European Commission, Ms. Federica Mogherini on telephone on Thursday.

The two leaders expressed satisfaction at the current level of bilateral relations, especially signing of the Pakistan-EU Strategic Engagement Plan (SEP) in June 2019 and agreed that this interaction was in the spirit of close partnership between Pakistan and the EU. The Foreign Minister briefed the EU High Representative on the events of far-reaching consequences unfolding in the region in the wake of the unilateral steps taken by the Indian Government in order to consolidate illegal occupation of the IOK.

He highlighted that India had deployed 180,000 additional troops, suspended mobile and internet services and imposed curfew, locking down the entire population of IOK. Foreign Minister Qureshi conveyed that steps taken by India had the real potential to further deteriorate human rights situation in IOK as well as seriously impact peace and security in South Asia. He had addressed two letters to the UN Secretary General highlighting the gravity of the situation. He urged the High Representative to appropriately brief the EU member states on the situation.

He also informed High Representative Mogherini about the decisions taken by the joint session of the Parliament, including downgrading of diplomatic relations, suspension of bilateral trade, review of bilateral agreements and taking the matter to the UN Security Council. The Foreign Minister expressed apprehension that India could carry out a false flag operation, apportion the blame on Pakistan and embark upon a misadventure into the Pakistani territory.

The Foreign Minister emphasized that any escalation on the eastern border could jeopardize the efforts of the international community to bring peace and stability in Afghanistan. The High Representative stated that they were closely following the situation with deep concern. She agreed that any escalation in the region could negatively impact the Afghan peace process and affect the regional security and stability.

The EU High Representative underscored that all disputes should be resolved through dialogue and peaceful means. The two leaders agreed to stay in touch and continue to work together for peace and stability in the region. Foreign Minister Shah Mahmood Qureshi has briefed heads of Missions , Ambassadors and members of Diplomatic Corps rejecting the Indian decision to try to change disputed status of Indian Occupied Kashmir.

Moreover, Pakistan has categorically rejected Indian statement terming the worsening situation in occupied Kashmir as its internal matter. Pakistan categorically rejects India’s [statement] that Kashmir is an internal matter, but it is disputed territory, said Foreign Office spokesperson Dr Mohammad Faisal in his weekly press conference here.

He added that Pakistan will continue its political, diplomatic and moral support to Kashmiris in achieving their right to self-determination. Commenting on the current situation in the Indian occupied Kashmir, Dr Faisal said, Kashmir has been turned into the biggest jail of the globe, internet, mobile services have been suspended, people are facing hardships due to the shortage of edible, he said. American delegation was also apprised about the situation of the held valley.

Dr Faisal said Pakistan will continue development work at the Kartarpur corridor. Shedding light on the yesterday’s meeting of National Security Committee (NSC), the spokesperson said, India has been informed about the decision taken by the country’s top civil and military brass. India has been given a strong response over its unilateral step of stripping occupied Kashmir of its special status.

Meanwhile, Speaker National Assembly Asad Qaiser has written letters to Speakers and Presiding Officers of 198 Inter-Parliamentary Union Member Parliaments, drawing their attention towards the historic fraud, committed against the beleaguered people of Occupied Jammu and Kashmir by Indian government.

The Speaker called upon them to raise voice against such heinous crimes against humanity and help the innocent people of Jammu and Kashmir in achieving their due right of self-determination. Apprising his counterparts, the Speaker said Narendra Modi government unilaterally scrapped Articles 35-A and 370, from the Indian Constitution on Tuesday last, which had granted limited internal autonomy to the occupied State of Kashmir till its final settlement.

He said the entire Occupied Kashmir Valley has virtually been put under siege with a dawn-to-dusk curfew, suspension of internet services and a complete blockade of any other means of communication. The Speaker said the deteriorating situation between the two nuclear neighbours can put the entire world peace into severe danger because of the hegemonic designs of New Delhi.

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