ISLAMABAD: A delegation of Association of Southeast Asian Nations (ASEAN) on Kashmir led by Malaysian Consultative Council of Islamic Organization has expressed concern over the human rights and humanitarian situation in the occupied Jammu and Kashmir.
During visit to the Foreign Office, the delegation affirmed support for the rights of the Kashmiris and a just and lasting solution of the Kashmir dispute.
They also underlined their commitment to continue efforts to raise awareness about the Kashmir situation in the ASEAN region.
The foreign secretary also briefed the delegation in detail on the deteriorating human rights and humanitarian situation in the occupied Kashmir because of inhuman lock down since August 5.
On Nov 5, Foreign Minister Shah Mahmood Qureshi had thanked the Malaysian government for its principled stance on the Kashmir dispute.
According to a press release issued by the Foreign Office, the foreign minister held separate meetings with his Malaysian counterpart and minister of economic affairs and discussed bilateral cooperation in trade, investment, halal food, science and technology, human resource and international issues of common interest.
Shah Mahmood Qureshi during his two-day visit had attended a preparatory meeting on Kuala Lumpur Summit chaired by Malaysian Prime Minister Mahathir Mohamad.
On Oct 8, Malaysian Prime Minister Dr Mahathir Mohamad had urged for ways and means to sort out the Kashmir dispute.
Talking to media at the Parliament lobby in Kuala Lumpur, he had said he had also raised the issue with Indian Prime Minister Narendra Modi when they met in Vladivostok, Russia.
He had said according to the UN Resolutions Kashmir dispute must be resolved as it was Malaysia’s policy not to resort violence but to resolve issues through negotiations, arbitration and the court of law.
Mahathir had said, despite a UN resolution on Jammu and Kashmir, the valley had been invaded and occupied by the Indian forces.