Shah Mahmood Qureshi

ISLAMABAD: Foreign Minister Shah Mahmood Qureshi has urged the international community to come forward to rid the oppressed Kashmiri people from the cruel Indian clutches.
The foreign minister said this while chairing the sixth meeting of the Special Committee on Kashmir here on Tuesday.
The foreign minister said that Prime Minister Imran Khan in his address to the 75th session of the UN General Assembly will draw the world attention towards the atrocities unleashed by India in illegally occupied Jammu and Kashmir. Qureshi said that Pakistan will continue to raise the lingering dispute at all international forums until the Kashmiri people get their right to self-determination as per the UN Security Council resolutions.
He said that Pakistan is apprising the world of the BJP government’s Hindutva policies and India’s expansionist designs. He said blatant human rights violations in illegally occupied Jammu and Kashmir and Indian ceasefire violations on the line of control are a matter of concern. He said the belligerent posture of India poses a grave threat to the regional peace and security.
Meanwhile, Foreign Minister Shah Mahmood Qureshi has said the Jammu & Kashmir and Palestine disputes are the UN’s most glaring and long-standing failures.
Virtually addressing the 75th Anniversary of the United Nations in New York on Tuesday, he said the people of IIOJ&K still await fulfillment of the commitment made to them by the United Nations to grant them their right to self-determination.
Referring to the UN role he said it addressed an historic need “to save succeeding generations from the scourge of war”; to reaffirm equal and fundamental rights of men and women and nations large and small; and to promote better life in larger freedoms.
Qureshi said that today the UN resolutions and decisions are flouted; international cooperation, especially in the Security Council, is at its lowest; force is threatened with abandon; critical Treaties and Covenants, designed to promote development and protect the globe’s fragile environment, are discarded.
He pointed out that the very forces that led to the Second World War, racism and fascism are taking the shape of rising xenophobia and Islamophobia.
He said, “While we have seen enormous international cooperation to combat COVID-19, it has failed to unify humanity as it could have.”
Highlighting Pakistan’s contributions to the world body, he said Pakistan remains an ardent believer in multilateralism and the indispensability of the United Nations and has contributed over 200,000 troops to 47 Missions in 26 countries, losing 157 of our bravest in the process. He said, “We have also hosted the largest protracted refugee population.” – TLTP