Pakistan Welcomes HRC Resolution on Israel’s HR Violations

Pakistan rejects allegations of any cross-border infiltration

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ISLAMABAD-Pakistan has welcomed the adoption of OIC-led resolution by the United Nations Human Rights Council in response to grave violations of international law and human rights by Israel.In a statement, Foreign Office Spokesperson Zahid Hafeez Chaudhri said the HRC special session and its decision to establish a standing international commission of inquiry to investigate human rights violations represent global resolve to end systemic impunity and injustice and begin a process of meaningful accountability. He said Pakistan stands in solidarity with the Palestinian people and shares the international community’s expectation for effective implementation of this resolution to ensure respect for international law as well as for rights and dignity of the people of Palestine.

While Responding to media queries regarding the comments made by Indian External Affairs Minister S. Jaishankar at the Hoover Institution yesterday, the Spokesperson categorically rejected the allegations of any cross-border infiltration and stated that peace and security in the region was threatened on account of India’s brutalization of Kashmiri people and refusal to resolve the Jammu and Kashmir dispute in accordance with the United Nations Security Council Resolutions, its own pledges to the international community and the Kashmiris.

India’s illegal and unilateral actions of 5 August 2019 in IIOJK were against international law and manifestly anti-peace. The movement against the Indian occupation and its state-sponsored terrorism in IIOJK is indigenous and is likely to continue till India decides to act in accordance with the UNSC resolutions, mandating a free and impartial plebiscite in the occupied territory.

Since 1947, the Jammu and Kashmir dispute continues to be the core outstanding issue between Pakistan and India, awaiting settlement as per international legitimacy.

Rather than regurgitating insinuations against Pakistan, India will be well advised to create enabling environment for a meaningful and result-oriented engagement for resolution of the Jammu and Kashmir dispute as well as any other issues.

It is noted that, at the invitation of the Foreign Minister of Iraq, His Excellency Fuad Hussein, Foreign Minister Makhdoom Shah Mahmood Qureshi is undertaking a bilateral visit to the Republic of Iraq from 28 – 30 May 2021.

During the visit, the Foreign Minister will hold detailed discussions on bilateral cooperation with his counterpart. He will also review cooperation between the two countries in multilateral organizations, in particular the United Nations, its subsidiary organizations, and the Organization of Islamic Cooperation (OIC). He will also exchange views on problems concerning Muslim Ummah, as well as global and regional issues of mutual interest.

Foreign Minister Qureshi will also call on the leadership of Iraq and confer with senior Iraqi Ministers on bilateral matters pertaining to respective areas of cooperation, in particular the issues pertaining to the management and well-being of thousands of Pakistani Zaireen visiting sacred sites in Iraq every year.

Pakistan and Iraq enjoy long-standing fraternal ties rooted in shared faith, values and culture. The bilateral relations benefit from shared understanding and similarity of views on a number of regional and global issues. The two countries continue to collaborate closely to enhance bilateral cooperation in diverse fields. In addition to growing bilateral political and defense ties, the two countries recently signed an agreement on cooperation between their Foreign Service Academies (April 2021). Thousands of Pakistani Zaireen visit Iraq every year with religious zeal and fervor.

The visit of Foreign Minister Qureshi comes in the backdrop of a number of Ministerial-level visits from both sides in the past few months, which signify the importance accorded by both countries to augmenting bilateral relationship for mutual benefit. The visit is expected to add further momentum to the positive trajectory of brotherly ties between Pakistan and Iraq.

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