The Foreign Office (FO) said on Friday that Foreign Minister Shah Mahmood Qureshi wrote a letter to the President of the United Nations Security Council and the UN Secretary General to remind them of the “continuing grave situation” in Indian-occupied Kashmir (IoK) and of India’s “hostile actions against Pakistan” including ceasefire violations.
In a statement coinciding with the Kashmir Solidarity Day being observed today across Pakistan, the FO said that Qureshi drew the attention of the UN to “India’s continuing gross and systematic violations of human rights in [IoK], India’s unlawful campaign to colonise the occupied territory; and India’s belligerent and hostile actions against Pakistan, including persistent ceasefire violations, which pose a threat to peace and security”
The letter observed that India’s coercive and unconstitutional acts in the IoK were in violation of international law and regulations.
All coercive and unconstitutional actions taken in breach of international law by India in IoK, including related resolutions of the United Nations Security Council and the Fourth Geneva Convention, such as changes in the demographic composition, land usurpation and farcical “elections,” are null and void.
According to the statement, in his message, the Foreign Minister also highlighted how India’s attempts to promote “terrorist activities” and anarchy in Pakistan have been revealed across multiple avenues: the dossier sent to the United Nations on Indian-sponsored extremism in Pakistan, the EU DisInfoLab study on Indian-orchestrated “smear campaigns” against Pakistan, and the latest exposé of transgender terrorism in Pakistan.
The Foreign Minister also told the Security Council of the troubling incident in December 2020 of the shooting in India and Pakistan of a clearly identified United Nations Military Observer Group vehicle, threatening the safety and security of UN peacekeepers and impeding the fulfilment of their mission, the press release said.
Qureshi called on the UNSC to urge the following steps to be accepted by India:
- Immediately raise the current military blockade and rescind the unilateral and unconstitutional operations in IoK
Drop correspondence, movement and peaceful assembly restrictions -Free imprisoned Kashmiri political leaders immediately and allow them to express the wishes of the Kashmiri people
Release all Kashmiris who were unlawfully and unfairly detained
- Freeze and undo the current principles of domicile and property legislation aimed at transforming the IoK demographic framework
- Delete the draconian laws that allow Indian occupation forces to continue abuses of human rights with impunity in fake encounters, including extrajudicial killings,
- Enable UN monitors, international human rights and humanitarian groups, observers and the international media to provide access to the occupied territories.
The UNSC was also urged to “exercise its legal and moral authority” to bring about the adoption of resolutions of the Security Council on Kashmir “which guarantee the Kashmiris’ inalienable right to self-determination”
The letter from the Foreign Minister is part of Pakistan’s continuing efforts to keep the UNSC and the UN Secretary General fully aware of “the grave situation in IoK and the threat it poses to peace and security in the region” the statement added.