Qureshi briefs Lavrov on IoK situation

Pakistan summons Indian envoy over ceasefire violations at LoC

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ISLAMABAD/UNITED NATIONS
Pakistan has called for convening an emergency session of the United Nations Security Council (UNSC) over India’s decision to remove special autonomous status of the disputed Kashmir territory.
The letter has been handed over to the president of the security council, Foreign Minister Shah Mahmood Quereshi said. In a letter to the UN, Pakistan has denounced recent aggressive actions by India, saying the country “willfully undermine the internationally recognized disputed status of Jammu and Kashmir.”
He expressed fears of massacre of the people in occupied Kashir and said India folloing a racist ideology aimed at turning its part of Kashmir from a Muslim-majority into a Hindu-majority territory.
“The Indian actions on Aug. 5, 2019 have opened the way for realization of this fascist policy objective,” Quereshi wrote. The letter said that Pakistan will not provoke a conflict. But India should not mistake our restraint for weakness. “If India chooses to resort again to the use of force, Pakistan will be obliged to respond, in self defense, with all its capabilities,” the letter said.
He said the Security Council had an obligation “to prevent the recurrence of another Srebrenica and Rwanda,” refering genocides in Srebrenica, Bosnia in 1995 and Rwanda in 1994. India’s BJP government abolished the autonomous status of the occupied Kashmir territory in a recent decision. Since then,telephone lines, internet and television networks have been blocked in the occupied region and there are restrictions on movement and assembly.
Meanwhile, Foreign Minister Shah Mahmood Qureshi held a telephonic conversation with his Russian counterpart Sergey Lavrov Wednesday and briefed him on the current situation of occupied Jammu and Kashmir. According to the statement issued by the Foreign Office, the Foreign Minister briefed him on the illegal and unilateral steps taken by the Indian Government to change the disputed status of occupied Jammu and Kashmir and its demographic structure.
The Foreign Minister highlighted the severe hardships faced by the people of the occupied Jammu and Kashmir in the face of the unprecedented lockdown of the entire population. He also apprised his Russian counterpart about the deteriorating situation of safety and security of the population in the occupied Kashmir, which has been under curfew for the last ten days.
The Foreign Minister also shared concerns about the intensified repression by Indian security forces and the possibility of false flag operation, which would further endanger peace and security in the region.
Russian Foreign Minister Lavrov underlined the importance of resolution of all outstanding issues through dialogue and peaceful means. The two leaders agreed to continue to work together for peace and stability in the region.
Moreover, Pakistan on Wednesday summoned Indian Deputy High Commissioner Gaurav Ahluwalia and condemned the unprovoked ceasefire violations by Indian occupation forces along the Line of Control at Hot Spring Sector.
According to a statement issued by Foreign Office, an innocent civilian, 38 years old Sarfaraz Ahmad resident of village Laychayal, was martyred by Indian firing.
Foreign Office Spokesperson, Dr. Muhammad Faisal urged the Indian side to respect the 2003 Ceasefire arrangement, investigate these and other incidents of ceasefire violations, instruct the Indian forces to respect the ceasefire in letter and spirit and maintain peace on the LoC and Working Boundary.
On the other hand, Pakistan’s ambassador to the United Nations Dr Maleeha Lodhi on Tuesday presented a letter from Foreign Minister Shah Mehmood Qureshi to the Security Council asking for an urgent meeting on the grim situation in Indian-occupied Kashmir.
Ambassador Lodhi presented the letter to UN Security Council President and Polish Ambassador Joanna Wronecka. The Council president will hold consultations with the UNSC members and fix a date for the meeting.

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