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Foreign Minister writes to the President of the UN Security Council and UN Secretary General on the occasion of Kashmir Black Day

Foreign Minister Makhdoom Shah Mahmood Qureshi has addressed a letter to the President of the United Nations Security Council (UNSC) and the UN Secretary General on the continuing grave situation in Indian Illegally Occupied Jammu and Kashmir (IIOJK).

In his letter, the Foreign Minister has regretted India’s continued denial of the right of self-determination to the people of IIOJK for more than seven decades. He has recalled that India’s illegal and unilateral actions of 5 August 2019, including the ongoing campaign to change the demographic structure of the occupied territory, are in blatant violation of the UNSC resolutions and international law, especially the 4th Geneva Convention.

The Foreign Minister has expressed grave concern on India’s draconian military siege, extra-judicial killings, custodial tortures, detentions, staged cordon-and-search operations, enforced disappearances and indiscriminate use of pellet guns in IIOJK. He has also alerted the international community about India’s sinister designs of orchestrating ‘false-flag’ operations to malign Pakistan and undermine the Kashmir movement.

The Foreign Minister has drawn attention to the comprehensive dossier released by Pakistan last month, documenting the entire range of gross, systematic, and widespread violations of human rights and war crimes perpetrated by Indian occupation forces in IIOJK.

The Foreign Minister has reiterated that the onus remains on India to create an enabling environment for constructive engagement by reversing the unilateral and illegal measures instituted in IIOJK since 5 August 2019; stopping its oppression and human rights violations against the people of Jammu and Kashmir; and halting and reversing the demographic changes in the occupied territory.

This latest letter from the Foreign Minister is in continuation of Pakistan’s regular communications since August 2019 to keep the United Nations fully apprised of the grave situation in IIOJK, and to remind the Security Council of its responsibility to secure a peaceful and just settlement of the Jammu and Kashmir dispute in accordance with its resolutions and wishes of the Kashmiri people.

27 October 2021

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