Pakistan strongly condemns unabated extra-judicial killing of innocent Kashmiris in IIOJK

FM appraises the EU Parliamentarians of HR situation IIOJK

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ISLAMABAD, Pakistan on Thursday strongly condemned the extra-judicial killing of another three Kashmiris by Indian occupation forces in Shopian, in Indian Illegally Occupied Jammu and Kashmir (IIOJK) the earlier day.

The Indian occupation forces have martyred at least 40 Kashmiris in fake encounters and so-called “cordon and search operations” since 1 October 2021.

The Foreign Office in a statement said the military crackdown and the extra-judicial killings in fake encounters and staged operations in IIOJK reflected the extremist anti-Muslim designs of the “Hindutva” inspired extremist BJP-RSS combine in India.

“Persisting with their callous behavior and violations of human rights and international humanitarian law, the Indian occupation forces are also refusing to hand over the mortal remains of the martyred Kashmiris to their families,” it said.

The FO termed it “reprehensible” that BJP authorities in IIOJK had denied Kashmiri Muslims their basic religious rights to offer Friday prayers at the historic Jamia Masjid Srinagar for the last several weeks.

It said that Pakistan called upon the international community to take immediate notice of India’s state-terrorism in IIOJK.

“India’s ongoing, systematic and widespread human rights violations in IIOJK warrant investigation by a UN Commission of Inquiry, as recommended by the Office of the United Nations High Commissioner for Human Rights (OHCHR) in its reports of 2018 and 2019,” it said.

Meanwhile, Foreign Minister Makhdoom Shah Mahmood Qureshi met a group of influential Belgian Parliamentarians and Members of the European Parliament (MEP) in Brussels on Wednesday and exchanged views with the parliamentarians on a broad range of issues, including Pakistan-Belgium and Pakistan-EU relations, and regional and international developments.

The Foreign Minister briefed the Parliamentarians on Pakistan’s cordial and friendly relationship with the EU and all its member states, which were manifest in close and frequent engagements. He underscored that Pakistan-EU Strategic Engagement Plan (SEP), signed in June 2019, had become the blueprint and roadmap for bilateral cooperation.

He noted that Pakistan and the EU had multiple mechanisms and dialogue frameworks, where all issues of mutual interest were discussed in an open and candid manner, says a press release.

The Foreign Minister stated that trade and investment ties were a major component of Pakistan’s multifaceted relationship with the EU and Belgium. GSP Plus had been a mutually beneficial undertaking that played an important part in the growth of Pakistan’s bilateral trade with the EU countries. Pakistan remained committed to the full implementation of the 27 international conventions related to GSP Plus.

Highlighting the role of Parliaments in providing vision and opening new vistas of cooperation, the Foreign Minister urged them to work with their Pakistani colleagues to further strengthen Pakistan-Belgium and Pakistan-EU partnerships.

The Foreign Minister briefed the Parliamentarians on Pakistan’s key role in evacuation operations from Afghanistan post-August 15.

He underscored the importance of the international community’s engagement with Afghanistan for stabilizing the situation, reviving the economy, and facilitating lasting peace and stability. He stressed that international engagement and support were vital to avert a humanitarian catastrophe and fresh outflow of refugees as well as prevent Afghanistan from once again becoming a terrorist safe haven.

The Foreign Minister also apprised the Parliamentarians of the dire human rights and humanitarian situation in Indian Illegally Occupied Jammu and Kashmir (IIOJK).

He urged them to raise their voice at the unabated atrocities and denial of the right to self-determination to the Kashmiri people.

The Belgian Parliamentarians and the Members of the European Parliament thanked the Foreign Minister for his briefing on Pakistan’s relations with Belgium and the EU as well as regional developments. They highly appreciated Pakistan’s assistance in the evacuation operations from Afghanistan and facilitating international efforts for provision

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