Pakistan approached the United Nations (UN) over Delhi’s blatant attempt to turn the Muslim-majority in Indian Occupied Jammu and Kashmir.
Foreign Minister Shah Mahmood Qureshi wrote letters to the President of the United Nations Security Council and the Secretary-General, informing them of the latest situation in the occupied valley, in particular the recent changes brought about by the Modi government in the laws on the domicile which would open the way to non-Kashmiris to acquire a permanent residence there.
According to the Foreign Office statement issued on Saturday, said letters, dispatched on May 21, were part of ongoing efforts by Pakistan to keep the world body abreast of the current situation in the disputed region.
The foreign minister drew attention towards the newly-notified “Jammu & Kashmir Reorganisation Order 2020” and “Jammu & Kashmir Grant of Domicile Certificate Rules 2020” aimed at changing the demographic structure of IOJ&K.
“It has been underscored that these actions are illegal and in violation of the UN Security Council (UNSC) Resolutions and international law, in particular the 4th Geneva Convention,” the statement read.
FM Qureshi highlighted India’s opportunistic exploitation of the ongoing Covid-19 pandemic to further intensify its military crackdown in IOJ&K.
While expressing serious concerns over India’s state-terrorism in the valley, the foreign minister rejected Delhi’s efforts to undermine the indigenous struggle of the Kashmiri people against illegal Indian occupation and brutalization of Kashmiris by terming it as “terrorism.”
FM Qureshi also conveyed Pakistan’s concern over the continued ceasefire violations at the Line of Control (LoC) and the Working Boundary (WB) and deliberate targetting of innocent civilians by the Indian occupation forces.
Rejecting the baseless Indian allegations of so-called “launch pads” of “infiltrators”, the foreign minister has reiterated Pakistan’s offer to the UN Military Observer Group in India & Pakistan (UNMOGIP) to visit the alleged sites to confirm the veracity of unfounded Indian allegations
He stressed that the real Indian motive behind blaming Pakistan is to create a pretext for a “false flag operation”, of which Pakistan has warned the international community.
Reminding the UN Security Council president of the Council’s primary responsibility for the maintenance of international peace and security, the foreign minister called for urging India to refrain from: committing serious crimes against Kashmiri people; extra-judicial killings, arbitrary detentions, and incarcerations; use of pellet guns and live ammunition; changing the demographic structure of IOJ&K; burning and looting of Kashmiris’ houses to inflict “collective punishment,” and end continuing military crackdown and unprecedented restrictions.
As part of Pakistan’s active diplomatic outreach and taking up the Jammu & Kashmir dispute at all international fora, the statement said the foreign minister kept the UN Security Council fully apprised of the evolving situation in IOJ&K and urged the council to play its role in the maintenance of peace and security.
“Since India’s illegal and unilateral actions of August 5 ,2019, the Jammu & Kashmir dispute has been taken up in the Security Council on three different occasions.”
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