FM Qureshi writes letter to UNSC on deteriorating humanitarian situation in IIOJK

Dec 6, 2021: Foreign Minister Makhdoom Shah Mehmood Qureshi has written a letter to the President of the United Nations Security Council (UNSC) and the Secretary-General of UNSC informing them of the dire situation in Indian-occupied Jammu and Kashmir (IIOJK).

A statement issued in this regard said that in his letter, the Foreign Minister emphasized the deteriorating human rights situation in the IIOJK. He spoke about the threat posed by India’s provocative and irresponsible rhetoric to international peace and security, as well as its track record of setting up “false flag” operations.

Qureshi called for resolving the Jammu and Kashmir dispute in accordance with the relevant Security Council resolutions guaranteeing the right of Kashmiris to self-determination through a democratic process of free and fair referendum organized by the United Nations.

The statement said the foreign minister had drawn attention to the recent spate of extrajudicial killings, arbitrary arrests and illegal detentions at the IIOJK.

UN human rights machinery, independent NGOs and the international media are regularly reporting and expressing concern about the growing threats, harassment and retaliatory attacks by Indian occupying forces against Kashmiri human rights defenders, journalists and civil society actors.

Qureshi in particular highlighted the recent arrest of Khurram Pervez, a prominent human rights activist, on charges of gross violation of fundamental human rights principles and international law.

He also reiterated that Pakistan is working constructively to prevent atrocities in the IIOJK, to avoid conflicts and to ensure a just and peaceful settlement of the Jammu and Kashmir dispute in accordance with UN Security Council resolutions. However, it is the responsibility of India to create a conducive environment for engagement: by withdrawing the unilateral and illegal measures initiated in the IOJK from 5 August 2019; To stop its oppression and human rights violations against the people of Jammu and Kashmir; and to prevent and reverse illegal demographic changes in the Occupied Territories.

This latest letter from the Foreign Minister is a continuation of Pakistan’s regular contacts since August 2019 to fully inform the United Nations about the serious situation of the IOJK and its responsibility to the Security Council to ensure a peaceful and just solution to Jammu.

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