ISLAMABAD, Pakistan: The Foreign Minister Shah Mahmood Qureshi has addressed a letter to the President of the United Nations Security Council (UNSC) and the UN Secretary-General to apprise them of the continuing grave situation in Indian Illegally Occupied Jammu and Kashmir (IIOJK).
In his letter, the foreign minister has underscored the deteriorating human rights and humanitarian situation in IIOJK and the persistent threat to international peace and security posed by India’s provocative and irresponsible rhetoric as well as its track record of orchestrating ‘false flag’ operations.
The foreign minister called for the settlement of the Jammu and Kashmir dispute in accordance with the relevant resolutions of the Security Council which guarantee the Kashmiris’ right to self-determination through the democratic method of a free and impartial plebiscite conducted under the auspices of the United Nations.
Shah Mahmood Qureshi has drawn attention to the recent spate of extra-judicial killings, arbitrary arrests and illegal detentions in IIOJK.
The UN human rights machinery, independent NGOs and the international media have regularly reported on and expressed concerns about the increasing intimidation, harassment and reprisal attacks by Indian occupation forces against Kashmiri human rights defenders, journalists and civil society actors.
The foreign minister has highlighted, in particular, the recent arrest on trumped-up charges of a renowned Kashmiri human rights activist Khurram Parvez, in complete disregard for basic human rights principles, norms and international law.
The foreign minister has reiterated that Pakistan is prepared to engage constructively with a view to halting the oppression in IIOJK, avoiding conflict, and realizing a just and peaceful settlement of the Jammu and Kashmir dispute in accordance with UN Security Council resolutions.
The onus, however, is on India to create an environment conducive for engagement by: reversing the unilateral and illegal measures instituted in IIOJK since August 5, 2019; stopping its oppression and human rights violations against the people of Jammu and Kashmir; and halting and reversing the illegal demographic changes in the occupied territory.
This latest letter from the Foreign Minister Shah Mahmood Qureshi is in continuation of Pakistan’s regular communications since August 2019 to keep the United Nations fully informed of the grave situation in IIOJK, and to remind the Security Council of its responsibility to ensure a peaceful and just settlement of the Jammu and Kashmir dispute in accordance with its resolutions and the wishes of the Kashmiri people.