ISLAMABAD, Pakistan: The Foreign Minister Shah Mahmood Qureshi has said that it is deplorable that universal ideals of the UN Charter are continuously being violated and defied with impunity nowhere more egregiously than in the Indian Illegally Occupied Jammu and Kashmir (IIOJK).
While addressing a ceremony in connection with the 75th anniversary of the United Nations in Islamabad on Friday, the foreign minister urged the UN to exercise its legal and political authority to ensure full implementation of its resolutions on Kashmir.
Shah Mahmood Qureshi said that the United Nations Day reminds us of our collective responsibility to abide by the purposes and principles of the UN Charter and lends an opportunity to renew our commitment to the noble ideals enshrined in it.
The foreign minister reiterated Pakistan’s firm and abiding commitment to multilateralism, with the United Nations playing a central role.
Qureshi said that Pakistan’s contribution to the UN Peacekeeping is one of the most visible manifestations of our commitment to multilateralism.
Shah Mahmood Qureshi said that Pakistan is one of the longest-serving and largest contributors to the UN peacekeeping.
Since 1960, we have contributed over 200,000 peacekeepers to 46 Peacekeeping Missions around the world, he said.
The minister said that Pakistan also continues to co-host one of the oldest Peacekeeping Missions – the UN Military Observer Group in India and Pakistan.
In addition, he said that Pakistan also continues to host three million registered and unregistered Afghan refugees which remains one of the most protracted refugee crises in the world.