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APD | Pakistani FM apprises UN’s Guterres about continuous turmoil in Kashmir

Top News2019-08-25

By APD writer Muhammad SohailISLAMABAD, Aug. 24 (APD) -- Pakistan’s Foreign Minister Shah Mahmood Qureshi on Saturday called the United Nations Secretary-General António Guterres and apprised him about the continuous turmoil situation Indian-Controlled Kashmir.Talking to media, the foreign minister said he informed Guterres about the Friday’s protest in various places after Friday prayers in which "tear gas and pellet guns were employed to injure people"."I thanked him for his statement and the way he presented a legally and politically sound stance on the issue. I'm sure Kashmiris must have also gained courage from his statement," Qureshi said.Qureshi said he also thanked the United Nations for convening the UNSC session. "With the closed-door meeting the message we got was that it is the wish of all members that the matter is resolved peacefully," he said."But I also wish to draw your attention to the fact that on the one hand we are being advised to move forward peacefully, and today is the 20th day of curfew, the curfew continues day and night," said Qureshi."I also drew his attention to the fact that yesterday, Friday prayers were impeded, a fundamental right of every Muslim, a lot of mosques were locked up, and some people who wished to proceed to the UN office there, were fired upon with pellet guns, were shelled and tortured," he said.The foreign minister said he had told the UN secretary-general that of the three parties to the Kashmir dispute, two had clearly presented their stance regarding the August 5 measures taken by India.Pakistan, in every possible shade of its political opinion, has rejected the August 5 action that stripped Kashmir of its autonomy, he said. "It has declared the move unconstitutional, illegal, in contravention of the UNSC resolutions, in violation of the UN charter.""I also talked about human rights violations, thousands of detentions, food shortages, medicine shortages because I feel his voice has weight. This is such an organization. When the secretary-general of the United Nations gives a statement, it has moral weight. And the world listens," Qureshi added.Qureshi said had apprised Guterres of Pakistani Prime Minister Imran Khan's apprehensions of a "false flag operation" and that India is likely preparing to create a fake attack to make a pretext to attack Pakistan.He said he urged the secretary-general to ensure that the United Nations move forward in addressing this issue with the same spirit that it always has in dealing with conflict.The Kashmiris await justice. They look to the international community with patience and hope it has their back. If it lets them down, they will have no choice but to make use of whatever option is available to resist this sort of highhandedness, this undemocratic order, and these inhuman actions, said the foreign minister.The foreign minister said that Guterres assured him that he would speak to Indian Prime Minister Narendra Modi and discuss the issues highlighted. According to the foreign minister, Guterres said he had offered to play a role in the past to defuse the situation and is ready today too but India had not been forthcoming and assured him he would continue to play his role and will share whatever was communicated to him by the foreign minister with his spokesperson in New York.(ASIA PACIFIC DAILY)

By APD writer Muhammad Sohail

ISLAMABAD, Aug. 24 (APD) -- Pakistan’s Foreign Minister Shah Mahmood Qureshi on Saturday called the United Nations Secretary-General António Guterres and apprised him about the continuous turmoil situation Indian-Controlled Kashmir.

Talking to media, the foreign minister said he informed Guterres about the Friday’s protest in various places after Friday prayers in which "tear gas and pellet guns were employed to injure people".

"I thanked him for his statement and the way he presented a legally and politically sound stance on the issue. I'm sure Kashmiris must have also gained courage from his statement," Qureshi said.

Qureshi said he also thanked the United Nations for convening the UNSC session. "With the closed-door meeting the message we got was that it is the wish of all members that the matter is resolved peacefully," he said.

"But I also wish to draw your attention to the fact that on the one hand we are being advised to move forward peacefully, and today is the 20th day of curfew, the curfew continues day and night," said Qureshi.

"I also drew his attention to the fact that yesterday, Friday prayers were impeded, a fundamental right of every Muslim, a lot of mosques were locked up, and some people who wished to proceed to the UN office there, were fired upon with pellet guns, were shelled and tortured," he said.

The foreign minister said he had told the UN secretary-general that of the three parties to the Kashmir dispute, two had clearly presented their stance regarding the August 5 measures taken by India.

Pakistan, in every possible shade of its political opinion, has rejected the August 5 action that stripped Kashmir of its autonomy, he said. 

"It has declared the move unconstitutional, illegal, in contravention of the UNSC resolutions, in violation of the UN charter."

"I also talked about human rights violations, thousands of detentions, food shortages, medicine shortages because I feel his voice has weight. This is such an organization. When the secretary-general of the United Nations gives a statement, it has moral weight. And the world listens," Qureshi added.

Qureshi said had apprised Guterres of Pakistani Prime Minister Imran Khan's apprehensions of a "false flag operation" and that India is likely preparing to create a fake attack to make a pretext to attack Pakistan.

He said he urged the secretary-general to ensure that the United Nations move forward in addressing this issue with the same spirit that it always has in dealing with conflict.

The Kashmiris await justice. They look to the international community with patience and hope it has their back. If it lets them down, they will have no choice but to make use of whatever option is available to resist this sort of highhandedness, this undemocratic order, and these inhuman actions, said the foreign minister.

The foreign minister said that Guterres assured him that he would speak to Indian Prime Minister Narendra Modi and discuss the issues highlighted. 

According to the foreign minister, Guterres said he had offered to play a role in the past to defuse the situation and is ready today too but India had not been forthcoming and assured him he would continue to play his role and will share whatever was communicated to him by the foreign minister with his spokesperson in New York.

(ASIA PACIFIC DAILY)

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