Kashmir issue pushed to back burner under COVID-19 crisis: President Alvi

President Dr. Arif Alvi on Tuesday has said under the Covid-19 crisis, efforts are being made to push Occupied Kashmir issue on to the back burner.

In a statement on Twitter, the president said these efforts are in a way similar to the setback suffered by genuine freedom movements like Palestine and Kashmir after 9/11.

“Under the Covid-19 crisis efforts are being made to push the Occupied Jammu & Kashmir issue on to the back burner, in a way similar to the set-back suffered by genuine freedom movements like Palestine & Kashmir after 9/11.” he stated.

Yesterday, President Alvi represented Pakistan at the online summit of the Non-Aligned Movement (NAM) convened by the chair Azerbaijan on the theme of ‘United against COVID-19’.

Speaking at the virtual summit, the president gave Pakistan’s perspective on measures taken at national level to mitigate and respond to COVID-19 and the socio-economic challenges arising from the pandemic. The president urged the world to convert the coronavirus crisis into an opportunity and stop politicisation and pursuit of narrow agendas.

President Alvi said the Indian move to alter the demographic structure of occupied Jammu and Kashmir is in complete violation of international law and relevant UNSC resolutions. He added the situation in Indian occupied Kashmir has aggravated in the wake of pandemic while Kashmiris are being denied access to medical supplies and high-speed internet.

The Non-Aligned Movement represents the biggest grouping of countries outside the United Nations, comprising 120 developing countries from Asia, Africa and Latin America. A number of Heads of State and Government will participate in the virtual Summit.

Pakistan is an active member of the Movement and has contributed and shaped the Movement’s position on a range of political, legal, economic and social issues. President Dr. Arif Alvi had represented Pakistan at the 18th Summit of NAM in Baku in October 2019.

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