PM Imran informs UNGA President-elect about Indian atrocities in occupied Kashmir

Dunya News

FM and President-elect of the UN General Assembly are scheduled to address a joint press stakeout.

ISLAMABAD (Dunya News) – President-elect of the United Nations General Assembly (UNGA) Volkan Bozkir on Monday has arrived in Pakistan and met Prime Minister (PM) Imran Khan.

During the meeting, the premier has urged the United Nations to play its rightful role in addressing the grave situation in Indian Illegally occupied Jammu and Kashmir and ensuring that Kashmiris exercise their right to self-determination promised to them in the relevant UN Security Council resolutions.

The PM highlighted the dire human rights and humanitarian situation in the Indian illegally occupied Kashmir since 5 August last year, as well as the ongoing gross and systematic violations of human rights of the Kashmiri people and the attempts to change the demographic structure of the occupied territory.

Earlier in the day, Volkan Bozkir has met Foreign Minister Shah Mahmood Qureshi at the Foreign Ministry in Islamabad. 

The foreign minister said India took unilateral steps to revoke the special status of Jammu and Kashmir on August 5 last year in clear violation of the UN resolutions and international laws.

Extra-judicial killing of Kashmiris, firing at innocent civilians and violence has become a matter of routine in Indian illegally occupied Jammu and Kashmir, he told the delegation.

Shah Mahmood Qureshi said Kashmir issue is an international dispute as per the UN resolutions, which has been endorsed by the United Nations in its statement on August 8, 2019.

Referring to the efforts against Covid-19 pandemic, Shah Mahmood Qureshi said comprehensive joint efforts will have to be made at international level to fight the pandemic.

He said several countries are engaged to develop vaccine for Coronavirus. He hoped that when prepared, the vaccine will be available for all the countries, particularly the developing countries.

The two leaders also exchanged views about the efforts for peace and stability in the region, including Afghan peace process.

The FM said Pakistan has been playing its reconciliatory role for peace in Afghanistan under a shared responsibility. He said intra-Afghan dialogue is imperative for durable peace and stability in the region.

On the occasion, Volkan Bozkir planted a sapling at the lawn of the Ministry of Foreign Affairs under the national plantation drive.

President-elect of UNGA is visiting Pakistan at the invitation of Foreign Minister Shah Mahmood Qureshi.