Pak to raise Kashmir issue at every forum: Qureshi

FM says Kashmir needs urgent, effective response from global community

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ISLAMABAD
Foreign Minister Shah Mahmood Qureshi apprised his Kuwaiti counterpart Sabah Al Khalid Al Sabah of the latest situation in India-occupied Jammu & Kashmir on Wednesday. During a telephonic conversation with Kuwait’s foreign minister, who is also the deputy prime minister of the country, FM Qureshi highlighted gross human rights violations being committed by Indian forces in the occupied region.
He said the dire human rights and humanitarian situation, resulting from a complete lockdown, curfew and communications blackout in held Kashmir required urgent and effective response from the international community. He added International Human Rights’ bodies and the global media had highlighted Indian atrocities, including suppression of religious freedom on the occasion of Eid al Azha.
The foreign minister further underlined that India might try to detract the world’s attention from these grave human rights abuses by staging a false flag operation and placing the blame on Pakistan. He lauded Kuwait’s constructive engagement as a member of the UN Security Council. The Kuwaiti foreign minister thanked Qureshi over his detailed briefing on the Kashmir crisis. He noted with concern the deteriorating situation in held Kashmir and underlined the need for preventive steps and peaceful resolution of disputes.
Foreign Minister Shah Mehmood Qureshi said that Pakistan will approach to every international forum to stop India from genocide and grave human rights violation in occupied Kashmir. Addressing the meeting of Advisory Council on Foreign Policy here, FM Qureshi said, reports from international media and human rights organizations about atrocities being committed by Indian forces in occupied Kashmir are alarming.
He said that India wanted to change the demography of Occupied Jammu and Kashmir through its unilateral actions and atrocities. FM Qureshi apprised the council about his recent interaction with President Security Council, Secretary General UN Human Rights Commission and Secretary General OIC.
Talking to media persons here, Foreign Minister Qureshi has said Prime Minister Imran Khan will vehemently present aspirations of Kashmiri people before the international community during his address to the United Nations General Assembly (UNGA) next month. The premier will also hold bilateral meetings and attend other events in New York on the sidelines of UNGA session.
Acknowledging the fact that under Shimla agreement, both, Pakistan and India were bound to bilaterally resolve Kashmir dispute. He, however, said Modi should tell the international community whether his 5th August’s step was bilateral or unilateral in nature. It is the Indian Prime Minister who undermined the spirit of bilateralism.
The unilateral decision of India in occupied Kashmir is in total breach of UN Security Council resolutions and the international laws, he added. Qureshi pointed out that 14 petitions have been filed in the Indian Supreme Court against the abrogation of Article 370. He said it is the test of the Indian apex court whether it gives the judgment independently or succumb to Modi’s pressure.
Voicing concerns over the situation in occupied Kashmir, the minister said the people are facing a shortage of essential commodities including food items and life-saving drugs. Kashmiri people are not even being allowed to offer Friday prayers, he continued. FM Qureshi said the world community is not oblivious to the situation in the occupied valley, the public opinion on Kashmir dispute is now changing at the international level.

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