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Foreign Minister meets UN Secretary General and seeks to halt India

16 January, 2020 06:02

Foreign Minister meets UN Secretary General and seeks to halt India’s dangerous policies.

Shah Mahmood Qureshi urged United Nations to act decisively taking immediate steps to halt India’s dangerous policies.

While talking to UN Secretary General, Antonio Guterres in New York, he called for UN role in this regard.

He said the United Nations should discourage India from provoking a conflict with Pakistan. He added that UN should avert humanitarian catastrophe and growing dangers to South Asian peace and stability.

Foreign Minister meets UN Secretary General

Furthermore, he briefed the Secretary General on the grave situation in Indian Occupied Jammu and Kashmir.

The Foreign Minister lamented that India continue to place 8 million Kashmiris under indefinite curfew, lockdown and communications blackout for over 150 days.

The Foreign Minister also briefed the Secretary-General on Pakistan’s ongoing efforts to defuse tensions in the region through proactive engagement with Iran, Saudi Arabia and the United States.

The Secretary General expressed the importance of maintaining peace and stability in South Asia and Gulf region through political dialogue, diplomatic solutions and respect for human rights.

Qureshi meets UNSC president

The Foreign Minister also met President of the Security Council Dang Dinh Quy and apprised him on the current situation and devastating impact of India’s over 5-month long draconian lockdown in Indian Occupied Jammu and Kashmir.

While rejecting any claims of normalcy as false and duplicitous, the Foreign Minister stressed that the situation in the valley remained critical.

The Foreign Minister underscored that persistent war mongering and aggressive rhetoric from Indian political and military leadership is a threat to regional peace and security with profound risk of miscalculation.

He urged the Security Council to act decisively to prevent a disastrous war between Pakistan and India; to call for an end to the grave human rights violations in occupied Jammu and Kashmir, and to enable the Kashmiri people to exercise their right to self-determination promised to them in the resolutions of the Security Council.

The Foreign Minister also held talks with President of UN General Assembly Tijjani Muhammad-Bande in New York.

They discussed a range of issues including recent trends and developments at the global and regional levels.

It was agreed that the United Nations remained an indispensable institution for advancing dialogue, cooperation and pursuing collective solutions to global challenges including poverty alleviation, access to education, agriculture, illicit financial flows, climate change and achievement of 2030 Sustainable Development Agenda.

The Foreign Minister apprised the UN General Assembly President about the launch of landmark national programs by the Prime Minister such as Ehsaas Program on poverty alleviation and the Sehat Sahulat Program on universal health care.



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