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Pakistan welcomes UN Secretary-General’s statement on Kashmir dispute

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ISLAMABAD, Pakistan: Pakistan has welcomed the statement by the Spokesperson of the United Nations Secretary-General, reaffirming the world body’s position on the Jammu and Kashmir dispute.

“The statement reaffirms that UN position on the Jammu and Kashmir dispute is “well-established” and has not changed,” the Spokesperson of the Ministry of Foreign Affairs Zahid Hafeez Chaudhri said on Saturday in response to the statement by the UN Secretary-General’s Spokesperson.

The Foreign Office Spokesperson said that we particularly appreciate the timeliness of the statement as it coincides with the completion of two years of India’s illegal and unilateral actions of August 5, 2019 in the Indian Illegally Occupied Jammu and Kashmir (IIOJK) that were in violation of the UN Charter, UN Security Council (UNSC) resolutions and international law including the Fourth Geneva Convention.

Chaudhri said that the statement by the UN Secretary-General’s Spokesperson denies the self-serving remarks by India’s Permanent Representative to the United Nations claiming that Jammu and Kashmir is an integral part of India.

The Spokesperson said that India would do well to remind itself that Jammu and Kashmir remains an internationally recognized dispute and one of the longest outstanding items on the UN Security Council’s agenda.

“It never was and never will be a part of India. Regurgitation of false and fabricated claims does not change the reality,” he said.

Zahid Hafeez Chaudhri said that numerous UN Security Council resolutions have established that the final disposition of the State of Jammu and Kashmir will be made in accordance with the wishes of the Kashmiri people expressed through the democratic method of a free and impartial plebiscite held under the UN auspices.

“Ultimately, India will have to give in to the will of the Kashmiris and the commitment of the international community as enshrined in numerous UNSC Resolutions,” he said.

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