UNITED NATIONS: Foreign Minister Shah Mehmood Qureshi has said that the repressive measures taken by India after annexing Kashmir in August last year had caused heightened tensions and were threatening international peace and security in South Asia.
“The situation is very delicate and could spin out of control,” Shah Mahmood Qureshi told reporters at UN Headquarters in New York, after a meeting with UN Secretary-General Antonio Guterres Wednesday evening.
The foreign minister spoke a couple of hours after the Security Council discussed the grave situation in Indian Occupied Kashmir for the second time in five months.
Pakistan, he said, was gratified that the 15-member Council had once again considered the Jammu and Kashmir situation.
“It also reaffirms that Jammu and Kashmir is an internationally recognized dispute, (its) final disposition must be done in accordance with the relevant UN Security Council resolutions and the aspiration of the Kashmiri people,” he maintained.
FM Mahmood Qureshi urged the United Nations to act decisively by taking immediate steps to halt India’s dangerous policies.
Talking to Antonio Guterres in New York, he said the United Nations should discourage India from provoking a conflict with Pakistan and avert humanitarian catastrophe and growing dangers to South Asian peace and stability.
Briefing the Secretary General on the grave situation in Indian Occupied Jammu and Kashmir, the foreign minister said eight million Kashmiris continued to be placed under indefinite curfew, lockdown and communications blackout for more than 150 days.
He also briefed the secretary-general on Pakistan’s ongoing efforts to defuse tensions in the region through proactive engagement with Iran, Saudi Arabia and the United States.
The Secretary General expressed the importance of maintaining peace and stability in South Asia and Gulf region through political dialogue, diplomatic solutions and respect for human rights.
The foreign minister also met President of the Security Council Dang Dinh Quy and apprised him on the current situation and devastating impact of India’s over 5-month long draconian lockdown in Indian Occupied Jammu and Kashmir.
While rejecting any claims of normalcy as false and duplicitous, Qureshi stressed that the situation in the valley remained critical.
Foreign Minister Qureshi underscored that persistent war mongering and aggressive rhetoric from Indian political and military leadership was a threat to regional peace and security with profound risk of miscalculation.
He urged the Security Council to act decisively to prevent a disastrous war between Pakistan and India; to call for an end to the grave human rights violations in occupied Jammu and Kashmir, and to enable the Kashmiri people to exercise their right to self-determination promised to them in the resolutions of the Security Council.
The Pakistani minister also held talks with President of UN General Assembly Tijjani Muhammad-Bande in New York.
They discussed a range of issues including recent trends and developments at the global and regional levels.
It was agreed that the United Nations remained an indispensable institution for advancing dialogue, cooperation and pursuing collective solutions to global challenges including poverty alleviation, access to education, agriculture, illicit financial flows, climate change and achievement of 2030 Sustainable Development Agenda.