Peace in South Asia can’t prevail unless Kashmir issue is resolved: FM

NEW YORK: Foreign Minister Shah Mahmood Qureshi said the dream of peace in South Asia cannot prevail unless the Kashmir issue is resolved fairly in accordance with the aspirations of the UN Security Council and Kashmiris.

Addressing the meeting OIC Contact Group in New York on Thursday, he said Pakistan is ready to engage with India in resolving the Kashmir dispute but for that India has to create a conducive environment.

Shah Mahmood Qureshi said Hindutva and RSS-minded BJP government of India seeks to change the demographics in Indian Illegally Occupied Jammu and Kashmir to change the special status of Kashmiris.

He said the Indian government has issued 4.3 million fake domiciles to change the demographic structure of IIOJ&K.

The Foreign Minister said the latest example of Indian barbarism is the worst treatment of the late Kashmiri leader Syed Ali Gilani, who died on the 1st of this month during a long period of Indian detention.

He said to draw the attention of the international community to the grave human rights violations in IIOJ&K, Pakistan has launched a dossier based on solid evidence. He requested the Secretary-General OIC to distribute the copies of this dossier among all members of OIUC. 

Earlier, talking to President of the International Committee of the Red Cross (ICRC) Peter Maurer in New York, Foreign Minister Shah Mahmood Qureshi has stressed the importance of the international community’s earnest engagement with Afghanistan and provision of necessary humanitarian and development assistance to the Afghan people.

The Foreign Minister outlined the contributions made by Pakistan towards the mitigation of the humanitarian situation in Afghanistan, especially through its support for the establishment of a humanitarian corridor and provision of in-kind assistance comprising of food and medicines.

He said the world community must also provide support to the Afghan refugee-hosting countries in line with the principle of international responsibility and burden-sharing.

Shah Mahmood Qureshi has emphasized the need to promote lasting peace and stability in Afghanistan through the active and sustained engagement of the international community on political, economic, and humanitarian fronts.

Talking separately to the Foreign Ministers of Austria and Slovenia in New York, he highlighted the efforts made by Pakistan to facilitate the evacuation and relocation of diplomats and staff of Embassies and international organizations from Afghanistan.

Shah Mahmood Qureshi also shared with his counterparts a Dossier documenting India’s grave violations of human rights, international humanitarian law and UN Security Council resolutions in Indian Illegally Occupied Jammu and Kashmir. TF Report

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