PM Imran welcomes UNSC discussion on prevailing IOK situation

PM says consideration by the UNSC reflects recognition of the seriousness of the prevailing situation

News Desk January 16, 2020
Prime Minister Imran Khan. PHOTO: PTI

Prime Minister Imran Khan on Thursday welcomed the United Nation Security Council (UNSC) discussing the ongoing situation in Indian-Occupied Kashmir (IOK) for the third time.

The premier took to the micro-blogging website and said the IOK “dispute must be resolved in accordance with relevant UN Security Council resolutions and the will of the Kashmiri people.”

“We will continue to provide moral, political and diplomatic support to the Kashmiri people until they secure their inalienable right to self-determination,” PM Imran further added.

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He added that the disputed valley remains on the UNSC agenda and “its consideration by the Council reflects recognition of the seriousness of the prevailing situation.”

A day earlier, the UNSC took up for discussion the ongoing situation in IOK. The meeting was attended by all 15 members of the council, the Department of Peace Operations and the Department of Political and Peace Building Affairs briefed the representatives. It was followed by a discussion on the situation.

The UNSC meeting was called to discuss the situation in Mali, but China made a request to discuss the Kashmir issue under the agenda of “Any Other Business Points”.

However, an earlier report in the French media suggested that France had opposed a discussion on occupied Kashmir.

The disputed region has been in lockdown since August 5 last year when India scrapped Article 370 of its Constitution that provided a certain degree of autonomy and protected the region’s demographic character.

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Foreign Minister Shah Mahmood Qureshi, during a high-level meeting with UN Secretary-General António Guterres on Wednesday, discussed human rights violations in India Occupied Kashmir (IOK) and Islamabad’s efforts to reduce tensions in the Persian Gulf region.

The foreign minister further highlighted the vital role being played by Islamabad in facilitating talks between the US and the Taliban.

Qureshi briefed Guterres about Pakistan’s efforts to defuse tensions between Iran, Saudi Arabia and the United States, following the assassination of Iranian General Qassem Soleimani and the missiles fired at US troops in Iraq.

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