Foreign Minister Shah Mahmood Qureshi on Thursday urged the international community to play its due role to rid the people of Indian Occupied Kashmir (IOK) from Indian tyranny.
While addressing a news conference at United Nations in New York, FM Qureshi reiterated that the world is not as aware as it should be about the Indian subjugation because of the communication blackout.
“Independent journalists even today are not allowed to go to India Occupied Kashmir,” FM said. “Excessive force is being used to suppress the reporters.”
The foreign minister stressed that if the international community is not ready to play its role as they should and the situation keeps evolving the way it is evolving, then there is a serious threat to the region. He added that many countries have expressed their deep concern over the recent tensions between Pakistan and India.
“Security Council remains seized of this matter. Such continuing international scrutiny will exert pressure on Modi Government to reverse its unilateral measures and stop its human rights as well as ceasefire violations and threats against Pakistan,” he maintained.
Qureshi said the final disposition of the outstanding dispute must be done in accordance with the UN Security Council resolutions and the popular aspirations of Kashmiris.
“Pakistan is gratified that the Security Council has once again considered the situation in occupied Jammu and Kashmir,” he said adding that the UN, in its meeting, has confirmed that India’s August 5 measures in the rise of tensions and that the local situation remains tense.
He pointed out that UN Military Observer Group is also facing restrictions on the Indian side.
The minister said the UN has also reported on the human rights situation in occupied Kashmir and mentioned the excessive use of force, tear gas, rubber bullets and killings.
Talking about escalating tension in the Middle East, the foreign minister stressed that the region cannot afford a conflict and that diplomacy should be given a chance to de-escalate the situation.
He also stressed that “Pakistan will not become a party in the crisis rather it will make efforts for peace in the region.”