Pakistan urges Norway to play its role in easing suffering of Kashmiris

ISLAMABAD, Pakistan: The Foreign Minister Shah Mahmood Qureshi has urged Norway to play its role and impress upon India to ease the suffering of the people of Indian Occupied Jammu and Kashmir, the Dispatch News Desk (DND) news agency reported.

Taking to the Norwegian Foreign Minister Ine Marie Eriksen Soreide on phone on Wednesday, Qureshi briefed him on the unilateral steps taken by the Indian government in order to consolidate its illegal occupation of the Indian Occupied Jammu and Kashmir.

The foreign minister added that the measures taken by India were against the resolutions of the United Nations Security Council (UNSC) on Jammu and Kashmir and international law.

Shah Mahmood Qureshi apprised the Norwegian foreign minister of the grave human rights and humanitarian situation in IOK including severe shortages of basic necessities of life such as food and medicines. He added that the entire population of IOK was under siege due to complete lockdown and curfew since August 5, 2019.

The Norwegian foreign minister said that Norway was concerned about situation in Kashmir and added that they would urge both India and Pakistan to deescalate the situation and ease tensions. She underscored that it was important for both the countries to engage in dialogue to find a durable solution to the issue.

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Both foreign ministers also discussed the situation in Afghanistan. The Norwegian foreign minister appreciated Pakistan’s positive role in the efforts to bring peace and stability in Afghanistan.

The two leaders agreed to stay in touch and continue to work together for peace and stability in the region.