Pakistan demands UN action over 'seriously deteriorating humanitarian situation' in IOK

Published: August 23, 2019
FM Shah Mahmood Qureshi. PHOTO: AFP

FM Shah Mahmood Qureshi. PHOTO: AFP

ISLAMABAD: Foreign Minister Shah Mahmood Qureshi has written another letter to United Nations High Commissioner for Human Rights Michelle Bachelet (OHCHR), drawing her attention to the “seriously deteriorating human rights and humanitarian situation” in Indian Occupied Kashmir (IOK).       

As per a statement issued by the Foreign Office (FO) on Friday, the foreign minister’s letter highlights in detail the context and consequences of India’s illegal and unilateral actions of August 5, when New Delhi revoked the occupied territory’s special status.

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“The letter articulates Pakistan’s deep concerns over the intensification in human suffering, further breach of the fundamental rights of the Kashmiri people, and the dire humanitarian situation that has arisen as a result of India’s enhanced draconian measures to implement its illegal actions,” read the FO statement.       

Qureshi underscored that India’s actions constitute “flagrant violations of the United Nations Charter, relevant Security Council resolutions, international law and India’s own solemn commitments.”

The foreign minister said it was imperative for the world community, including the United Nations, to call upon India to rescind its unilateral actions, lift the curfew and other draconian measures, and restore fundamental rights of the Kashmiri people. 

The FO statement said FM Qureshi’s letter will be shared with the UN Security Council and all members of the United Nations.       

The foreign minister’s second letter to the UN human rights chief comes after his written correspondence with Bachelet on August 4 and their telephonic conversation on August 8.


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