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Foreign Minister Makhdoom Shah Mahmood Qureshi held a telephonic conversation with Swedish Foreign Minister Margot Wallstrom today to discuss the current situation in the Indian Occupied Jammu and Kashmir.

The Foreign Minister briefed his Swedish counterpart on the illegal and unilateral actions taken by India to alter the disputed status of Indian occupied Jammu and Kashmir. He emphasized that these steps by India were a violation of the United Nations Security Council (UNSC) resolutions on Jammu and Kashmir and International Law.

The Foreign Minister highlighted the severe hardships faced by the people of the Indian occupied Jammu and Kashmir due to complete lock down and communications blackout for the past seventeen days. He added that due to the brutal steps taken by the Indian Government people of IOK were facing shortages of basic human necessities such as food and medicines. Foreign Minister stated that India was committing serious human rights violations in IOK, which needed to be stopped immediately.

The Foreign Minister expressed hope that Sweden would play its role and impress upon India to alleviate the sufferings of the people in IOK.

Foreign Minister Wallstrom stated that Sweden was closely following the developments in Kashmir and underlined the importance of bilateral dialogue and negotiations to resolve the issue. The Swedish Foreign Minister stressed that population of Kashmir must be included in the decisions about their future. She added that there were worrisome reports of human rights violations in Kashmir, which must be investigated.

The two leaders agreed to remain in contact and continue to work together for peace and stability in the region.


21 August 2019

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