Qureshi chairs ex-foreign secretaries meeting

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Foreign Minister Shah Mahmood Qureshi chaired a meeting of former foreign secretaries to discuss Indian atrocities and human rights violations in occupied Kashmir, ARY News reported on Sunday.
The session was attended by Foreign Secretary Sohail Mehmood and former foreign secretaries of Pakistan.
Foreign Minister Qureshi consulted the participants of the meeting over the serious situation of the occupied territory and decided to highlight the Indian aggression at every international forum.
Qureshi said that the world is concerned over the situation in Kashmir.
“Indian designs are a bid to unsettle peace in the region,” he further said.
Pakistan’s foreign minister called the world bodies to take immediate notice of the grave situation in Kashmir.
Earlier, Qureshi deplored use of force in occupied Kashmir.
“India neither considers third party arbitration on Kashmir issue nor is ready for bilateral talks”, Qureshi said while talking to Prime Minister Azad Jammu and Kashmir Raja Farooq Haider, who called on him at his office in Islamabad.
He showed serious concern about sending more than 28,000 troops to occupied Kashmir and expelling the foreign tourists from the area.
He said long standing dispute of Kashmir is the main obstacle to lasting peace in South Asia region.
Foreign Minister Shah Mehmood Qureshi held a telephonic contact with Secretary General Organization for Islamic Cooperation Dr. Yousef Bin Ahmed Al Othaimeen and discussed increasing Indian aggression in Kashmir with him. The Foreign Minister told him that brutal use of power against innocent Kashmiris by India is condemnable.
He said India is violating the international laws by subjecting the Kashmiris to serious human rights violations.
He apprised the OIC Secretary General that orders to Hindu Yatrees and foreign tourists to leave Kashmir are further adding concern.
Shah Mehmood Qureshi asked the OIC to take notice of this serious situation.
Dr. Yousef Bin Ahmed Al Othaimeen assured the foreign minister of taking notice of the situation and providing all out cooperation in this regard.
Earlier, chairing an emergency consultative meeting at the Foreign Office in Islamabad on Sunday, the Minister said Indian designs are an attempt to disrupt the regional peace.
The Foreign Minister urged the international community and world human rights watchdogs to take immediate notice of the serious situation. The meeting attended by Foreign Secretary Sohail Mahmood and former foreign secretaries held consultation on increasing Indian aggression and tense situation in Occupied Kashmir.

It decided to highlight the gross human rights violations in Occupied Kashmir and Indian atrocities against Kashmiris at every international forum.

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