Qureshi asks UN to be aware of India’s unlawful steps in Kashmir


On the completion of two years of India’s annexation of Occupied Kashmir after the abrogation of Article 370, Foreign Minister Shah Mahmood Qureshi urged the United Nations on Wednesday to play its function in upholding the Kashmiris’ proper to self-determination.

In a letter addressed to the United Nations Security Council and Security General, Qureshi drew consideration to the “blatant measures” taken by India on August 5, 2019, to consolidate its occupation of the disputed territory that was adopted by further illegal steps.

According to Qureshi, “These additional steps include illegal changes to the demographic structure and electoral boundaries in the occupied territory which are aimed at further marginalisation of Kashmiri Muslims to suppress their demand for freedom from Indian occupation and repression.”

FM Qureshi mentioned that Pakistan has categorically rejected all unilateral measures of India in Kashmir, together with the tip to its autonomy on August 5. He mentioned Pakistan would additionally categorically reject “any further unlawful steps that may be imposed in the future”.

The international minister underlined that each one such measures by India in Kashmir have been “violation of the international law, including the UNSC resolutions and 4th Geneva Convention, and, are ipso facto, legally and materially, null and void”.

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In his letter, the international minister mentioned that the Indian authorities has deployed 900,000 troops within the area to suppress the Kashmiri folks.

Similarly, India enforced the “most extended curfew and lockdowns, imprisoned the Kashmiri political leadership, illegally detained 15,000 Kashmiri youth, tortured and extra-judicially killed young boys, put down peaceful protests violently…and imposed collective punishments by demolishing and burning entire neighbourhoods and villages”.

Noting India’s lively planning in addition to promotion and financing of terrorist actions towards Pakistan from throughout the border, together with the latest bombing in Lahore, the FM urged the Security Council to push India to halt its terrorist and subversive marketing campaign towards Pakistan.

Recalling {that a} simply settlement of the Jammu and Kashmir dispute in accordance with related UNSC resolutions and the needs of the Kashmiri folks is crucial for sustainable peace in South Asia, the FM emphasised that the onus stays on India to create a conducive surroundings for engagement and result-oriented dialogue.

To create such an surroundings, India should reverse all unilateral and unlawful measures imposed in Kashmir, together with these initiated on and after 5 August 2019, rescind the demographic modifications, and halt human rights violations, the minister wrote.

Qureshi additionally known as upon the UN Security Council to fulfil its obligation to make sure the complete implementation of its resolutions, guaranteeing the train of Kashmiris’ proper to self-determination.

This newest letter from the FM got here because the continuation of Pakistan’s common communications since August 2019 to maintain the United Nations apprised of the state of affairs in Kashmir.

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