India’s election as UN Security Council member raises fundamental questions: FO spokesperson
ISLAMABAD: Pakistan on Thursday said India’s election as non-permanent member of the United Nations Security Council (UNSC) raised questions, as Indian actions in Indian occupied Jammu & Kashmir (IOJ&K) and beyond were fundamental negation of the purposes and principles of the UN Charter.
In the televised opening statement of the weekly news briefing on Thursday, Foreign Office Spokesperson Aisha Farooqui said we congratulate Ireland, Norway and Mexico on their election to the UN Security Council. However, the election of India raised fundamental questions, she added.
“India is a consistent violator of the UN Security Council resolutions on Jammu and Kashmir dispute. Rather than felicitated, a country with such credentials must be held accountable. India must be asked to abide by the resolutions of the Security Council,” she said.
The spokesperson said Pakistan would be working with rest of the members of the Security Council in advancing the objectives of international peace and security in South Asia and beyond.
Aisha Farooqui said India stood in flagrant violation of several resolutions of the Security Council that prescribed an UN-supervised plebiscite to enable the people of Jammu and Kashmir to exercise their fundamental right to self-determination.
She said India had incarcerated 8 million Kashmiris, including top Kashmiri leadership, with 900,000 occupation troops. She said the people of occupied Kashmir had been suffering under inhuman lockdown and military siege for over 10 months, following India’s illegal and unilateral actions of 5 August 2019.
She said the entire region had been turned into a large prison, with unprecedented restrictions which continue despite the ongoing Covid-19 pandemic. She said India had persistently defied requests to allow international monitors in occupied Kashmir.
The spokesperson said Indian actions aimed at illegally altering the demographic structure of occupied Kashmir are violation of multiple UN Security Council resolutions and international law, in particular the 4th Geneva Convention.
“While the world is grappling with the unprecedented COVID-19 pandemic, India is busy, unabashedly; advancing RSS-BJP inspired extremist ‘Hindutva’ ideology,” she said.
Over and above, she said, the current Indian leadership has perpetuated massive violations of human rights against its minorities, in particular Muslims, threatening them with statelessness.
The spokesperson said Pakistan strongly condemned the latest attempt by Houthi militia to target civilians in Khamis Mushait, Saudi Arabia.
She said Pakistan reaffirms its full support and solidarity with the brotherly Kingdom of Saudi Arabia against any threats to its security and territorial integrity.