Pakistan seeks effective role of UNGA to end human rights violations in IIOJK: FM

 
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Islamabad: Aug 10, 2020 (TNS): Foreign Minister Shah Mahmood Qureshi has sought an effective role of the United Nations General Assembly to end human rights violations in Indian illegally occupied Jammu and Kashmir in light of its vision and resolution of the Kashmir dispute under the Security Council resolutions.

Talking to President-elect of the United Nations General Assembly Volkan Bozkir in Islamabad today (Monday), he said Pakistan has apprised all the international forums, including the United Nations, about the Indian nefarious designs.

He said India took unilateral steps to revoke the special status of Jammu and Kashmir on August 5 last year in clear violation of the UN resolutions and international laws.

The Minister said extra-judicial killing of Kashmiris, firing at innocent civilians and violence has become a matter of routine in Indian illegally occupied Jammu and Kashmir.

The Minister said Kashmir issue is an international dispute as per the UN resolutions, which has been endorsed by the United Nations in its statement on August 8, 2019.

Referring to the efforts against Covid-19 pandemic, Shah Mahmood Qureshi said comprehensive joint efforts will have to be made at international level to fight the pandemic.

He said several countries are engaged to develop vaccine for Coronavirus. He hoped that when prepared, the vaccine will be available for all the countries, particularly the developing countries.

The two leaders also exchanged views about the efforts for peace and stability in the region, including Afghan peace process.

The Foreign Minister said Pakistan has been playing its reconciliatory role for peace in Afghanistan under a shared responsibility.

He said intra-Afghan dialogue is imperative for durable peace and stability in the region.

Earlier, President-elect of the United Nations General Assembly (UNGA) Volkan Bozkir arrived in the Ministry of Foreign Affairs for talks.

On arrival at the Ministry, the Foreign Minister received the visiting dignitary.

The Foreign Minister and the President-elect of the UN General Assembly are scheduled to address a joint press stakeout.

Volkan Bozkir will also call on Prime Minister Imran Khan.

Issues and priorities pertaining to 75th session of the UN General Assembly will be discussed in the meetings.

Volkan Bozkir has also planted a sapling at the lawn of the Ministry of Foreign Affairs under the national plantation drive.

Volkan Bozkir is visiting Pakistan at the invitation of Foreign Minister Shah Mahmood Qureshi.