Qureshi draws UN's attention to 'humanitarian situation' in occupied Kashmir

Published August 23, 2019
Foreign Minister Shah Mahmood Qureshi's letter "articulates Pakistan's deep concerns" over the human rights violations in occupied Kashmir. — PID/File
Foreign Minister Shah Mahmood Qureshi's letter "articulates Pakistan's deep concerns" over the human rights violations in occupied Kashmir. — PID/File

Foreign Minister Shah Mahmood Qureshi wrote another letter to United Nations High Commissioner for Human Rights (OHCHR) Michelle Bachelet, directing her attention to the "seriously deteriorating human rights and humanitarian situation" in Indian-occupied Kashmir, a press statement from the Foreign Office said on Friday.

Qureshi, in his letter, highlighted the "context and consequences of India’s illegal and unilateral actions" of August 5, when New Delhi decided to revoke Article 370 of the Indian constitution, stripping occupied Kashmir of its special status. A strict lockdown and a communications blackout was imposed in the area and Kashmiri politicians were placed under house arrest.

According to the press release today, Qureshi's letter "articulates Pakistan's deep concerns" over human rights violations in occupied Kashmir by the Indian government.

"The letter underscores that India’s actions constitute flagrant violations of the UN Charter, relevant Security Council resolutions, international law and India’s own solemn commitments," the press statement says further.

The foreign minister said that it was important for the UN as well as the international community to "call upon India to rescind its unilateral actions, lift the curfew and other draconian measures".

The letter will be shared with the UN Security Council as well as the members of the world body, the statement said.

This is not the first time the foreign minister has approached the OHCHR over the Kashmir matter. He had written to her on August 4 and had a telephonic conversation on August 8.

Qureshi had also written to the UNSC president, asking the latter to convene an emergency meeting of the council to discuss India’s “illegal actions” that also “violate UN resolutions on Kashmir”.

China had backed Pakistan's request and, for the first time in 50 years, a session was called by the UNSC on August 16 solely on the Kashmir dispute.

Human Rights Minister Shireen Mazari had also written a letter to Bachelet on Indian use of cluster munitions across LoC and the use of violence against Kashmiris by the Indian forces.

Opinion

Digital finance
17 Jan 2021

Digital finance

Raast offers opportunities for inclusion, but is not without risk.
Broadsheetgate
Updated 17 Jan 2021

Broadsheetgate

The competence that has underlined NAB and its actions has cost us dearly now and even in 2008.
Debate on ordinances
17 Jan 2021

Debate on ordinances

The government’s line of thinking indicates a belief in the principle of brute majority.
America in decline?
Updated 16 Jan 2021

America in decline?

In spite of the ‘gates’ that rocked the US, democracy stood firm.

Editorial

Updated 17 Jan 2021

Foreign funding case

THE Election Commission of Pakistan has summoned both the PML-N and PPP on Monday in connection with the foreign...
17 Jan 2021

Vaccine procurement

ALL eyes are on the government as it pledges to roll out the Covid-19 vaccination programme to about 80m citizens by...
17 Jan 2021

Makli ‘renovation’

THERE are fears that the recently conducted ‘renovation’ work carried out at the Makli necropolis may rob the...
16 Jan 2021

Gas liberalisation

AFTER drawing much criticism from both consumers and the opposition over its mismanagement of the energy sector that...
16 Jan 2021

Osama Satti inquiry

THE findings of the judicial inquiry into the Jan 2 killing of 21-year-old Osama Satti in Islamabad merely confirms...
Updated 16 Jan 2021

British MP on IHK

DESPITE sustained efforts by New Delhi’s rulers to remove India-held Kashmir from the global discourse, people of...