NEW YORK: Foreign Minister Shah Mahmood Qureshi on Thursday said Pakistan has achieved great success in its war against terrorism and would continue its efforts for global peace and security.
He was addressing the United Nations Security Council’s Ministerial Debate on the role of regional and international organisations in sustaining peace and security.
The debate, organised by the Russian Federation, was held on the topic, ‘UN Cooperation with Regional and Sub-Regional Organisations in Sustaining Peace and Security: Contribution of the CSTO, the CIS and the SCO in Coping with Terrorist Threats.’
FM Qureshi said Pakistan condemns terrorism in all its forms and manifestations, including against people under illegal occupation.
“Pakistan had successfully turned the tide against terrorism and would continue to take steps to root out the menace, in coordination with its regional and international partners,” he asserted.
The foreign minister noted that South Asia faced several challenges including poverty, illiteracy, and under-development, which were worsening due to political differences and unresolved disputes.
Qureshi called for greater cooperation between regional organisations and the United Nations, and stressed the need to use innovative means and modern technologies to counter the threat of terrorism.
The foreign minister also met his Kazakh counterpart, Atamkulov Beibut Bakirovich, on the sidelines of the United Nations General Assembly (UNGA) to brief him on the human rights violation in Indian Occupied Kashmir (IOK).
He said the Office of the High Commissioner for Human Rights, human rights organisations, parliamentarians in other countries and international media have expressed deep concern over the brutalities faced by the people in the occupied valley.
Highlighting that IOK was the “most militarised zone in the world”, the foreign minister emphasised that India’s actions pose a serious threat to peace and regional security.
He also met with Argentina’s Foreign Minister Jorge Marcelo Faurie to discuss the humanitarian crisis in occupied Kashmir.
He urged the international community to play its role in pressurising India to end its brutalities in Kashmir and to lift the communication blockade and curfew imposed in the occupied valley.
The two ministers exchanged views on issues of mutual interest, including possible avenues for cooperation and collaboration in their respective Antarctic programmes.