Pakistan efficaciously raised Jammu and Kashmir dispute at UN forum: FO

Indian occupation can never dampen the spirit of the indigenous Kashmiri struggle for the right to self-determination: FO

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Islamabad:  The outset convey our deepest condolences on the passing away of Sardar Aseff Ahmed Ali. He was a distinguished, learned and outstanding person, who also made his mark as Pakistan’s Foreign Minister. May the departed Soul Rest in Peace in Jannah.

the visit of Foreign Minister Bilawal Bhutto Zardari to the United Nations, New York from 17-19 May. This first visit of the Foreign Minister was in the multilateral context, and it shows the importance Pakistan attaches to multilateralism and the United Nations.

There were two key meetings at the UN in which the Foreign Minister participated – the Ministerial Meeting on “Global Food Security Call to Action” (18 May) and the Security Council’s Open Debate on “Maintenance of International Peace and Security – Conflict and Food Security” (19 May).

In the two meetings, the Foreign Minister presented Pakistan’s perspective and policy priorities on food and energy security, water crisis, development challenges, and issues of regional and international peace and security.

In his statement at the Ministerial Meeting, the Foreign Minister lauded the initiative to unite and mobilize the international community to respond to the urgent food security and nutrition challenges being faced by the world, which had been further aggravated by climate change, the pandemic and the recent geo-political developments.

Emphasizing the importance of dialogue and diplomacy to resolve disputes peacefully, the Foreign Minister stressed that the new generation looked up to the world leaders to unite to overcome the challenges, and to the United Nations to deliver the peace it was promised, and the peace it deserved.

At the Security Council, the FM forcefully raised the Jammu and Kashmir dispute, the Indian unilateral and illegal actions since 5 August 2019 and the recent ‘delimitation’ exercise terming them an assault not only on the people of Kashmir but an assault on the United Nations, the Security Council and its resolutions and the 4th Geneva Convention – all while the internationally recognized disputed status of Jammu and Kashmir was being undermined and the Muslim majority of the Kashmiris being turned into minority in their own land. The Foreign Minister urged the Security Council to shoulder its responsibility and resolve the Jammu and Kashmir dispute.

The Foreign Minister noted that Pakistan had seen the cost of war up close. We had also witnessed how after decades of conflict, ultimately dialogue and diplomacy were the path to a conclusion. He appealed to the Council to deploy dialogue and diplomacy in pursuit of peace before and not after the war. He called for breaking the cycle of conflict that would enable the new generation to unlock its true potential.

While in New York, the Foreign Minister had other important engagements on the sidelines, including meetings with the UN Secretary-General and President of the UN General Assembly. Thesewere opportunities to brief them on issues of our interest especially Jammu and Kashmir and Afghanistan.

Also on the sidelines, the Foreign Minister had bilateral meetings with Turkish Foreign Minister Mevlüt Çavuşoğlu, and Italian Foreign Minister Luigi Di Maio, covering the entire range of bilateral and other issues with the two countries.

In their bilateral meeting, Foreign Minister Bilawal Bhutto Zardari and U.S. Secretary of State Antony J. Blinken reaffirmed the strong determination of Pakistan and the United States to strengthen their broad-based longstanding bilateral relations. They covered the full spectrum of Pakistan-U.S. relations and discussed global and regional situation.

The two sides expressed satisfaction over the ongoing bilateral engagement in the areas of trade and investment, climate, energy, health and education and underlined the need to further reinforce cooperation through dialogue and decisions at a higher level. The Foreign Minister also had interactions with: Congressman Ami Bera, Chairman of House Foreign Affairs Sub-Committee on Asia, the Pacific, Central Asia and Non-Proliferation, Representative Adam Smith, Chairman House Armed Services Committee,

Senator Lindsey Graham, Congresswoman Sheila Jackson Lee, Chairperson of the US Congressional Pakistan Caucus

The Government and people of Pakistan received with a deep sense of sadness and grief the news of the passing away of His Highness Sheikh Khalifa bin Zayed Al Nahyan, President of the United Arab Emirates.

Earlier this week, Prime Minister Shehbaz Sharif and Foreign Minister Bilawal Bhutto Zardari undertook visits to the UAE to offer condolences to the newly elected President of the UAE, His Highness Sheikh Mohamed bin Zayed Al-Nahyan, the Al-Nahyan family, the leadership and people of the UAE.

In solidarity with the brotherly people of UAE, the Government of Pakistan announced three-days national mourning from 13-15 May, with the national flag flying at half-mast both in Pakistan and across all our Missions Abroad.

On 16 May, Prime Minister Shehbaz Sharif and H.E. Mr. Li Keqiang, Premier of the State Council of the People’s Republic of China, held a comprehensive telephonic conversation. The Prime Minister offered his condolences to the Government and people of China and expressed sympathies with the families of victims of the heinous terrorist attack that took place at the Karachi University on 26 April, in which three Chinese scholars lost their lives. The Prime Minister affirmed that Pakistan was committed to providing highest level of safety and security of all Chinese nationals and institutions working on projects in Pakistan.

The two Premiers also discussed bilateral matters of mutual importance. Prime Minister Sharif affirmed his Government’s firm resolve to fast track both the ongoing as well as the new projects under the transformational China-Pakistan Economic Corridor (CPEC). Premier Li assured Prime Minister Sharif of China’s readiness to enhance economic cooperation, expand trade and encourage greater investments from China to Pakistan.

Yesterday, a delegation led by Mr. Cheng Guoping, China’s External Security Commissioner, called on the Prime Minister.

On 12 May 2022, Foreign Minister Bilawal Bhutto Zardari held a telephone conversation with OIC Secretary General, H.E. Hissein Brahim Taha, to apprise him of the latest situation in the Indian Illegally Occupied Jammu and Kashmir (IIOJK) in the wake of the report of the so-called “Delimitation Commission”.

Dismissing the report as another outrageous attempt by India at political gerrymandering, the Foreign Minister said that by redrawing electoral boundaries blatantly favoring the Hindu-dominated constituencies, the so-called “Delimitation Commission” has validated the worst fears of the Kashmiri people that the BJP Government in India sought to disempower and disenfranchise them by altering the demographic structure of IIOJK with a view to converting the Muslim majority into a minority.

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