Pakistan Foreign Minister Makhdoom Shah Mehmood Qureshi Friday held wide-ranging talks with United Nations (UN) Secretary-General Antonio Guterres that focused on the decades-old Kashmir dispute and the evolving situation in Afghanistan.
The meeting took place at the UN headquarters in New York, said the press release issued by the Pakistan Mission to the UN.
Apprising the UN chief of the dire situation in Illegally Indian Occupied Jammu and Kashmir (IIOJK), the foreign minister said the unilateral Indian measures taken in the disputed territory were a threat to regional and international peace and security.
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He presented a comprehensive dossier to the secretary-general detailing serious, systematic and widespread human rights violations, war crimes, crimes against humanity and genocide perpetrated by the Indian occupying forces.
India, he said, was busy changing the demographics of Kashmir, ignoring UN Security Council resolutions and international law.
The foreign minister urged the UN secretary-general to resolve the Kashmir issue in accordance with the UN Charter and Security Council resolutions, the withdrawal of illegal and unilateral measures on August 5, 2019, and the right of Kashmiris to their legitimate rights.
Great to meet @antonioguterres at #UNGA & to share
Pakistan’s key priorities: equitable socio-economic development, stabilisation of Afghanistan & just resolution of Jammu & Kashmir dispute. We look to @UN to play central role in addressing & overcoming these challenges
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— Shah Mahmood Qureshi (@SMQureshiPTI) September 24, 2021
He also called for pressurizing India to achieve self-determination for the Kashmiri people.
On Afghanistan, he called for the international community to take immediate steps to provide immediate humanitarian and financial assistance to Afghanistan and promote peace and stability.
Foreign Minister Qureshi briefed the UN chief on Pakistan’s assistance in the safe evacuation and relocation of UN and international staff from Kabul.
He also apprised the secretary-general of the establishment of the “Human Corridor” for the delivery of aid and relief goods sent by Pakistan to Afghanistan by air and land.
During the meeting, according to the press release, the foreign minister stressed the need to take effective measures to curb the growing intolerance, discriminatory attitudes and Islamophobia.
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He also called for the elimination of the corona vaccine inequality and for ensuring adequate financial support for developing countries to deal with epidemics and their economic implications.