Qureshi at OIC: India threatens military aggression

By The SATimes News Service

Islamabad: Pakistan Foreign Minister Shah Mahmood Qureshi has alerted the Organization of Islamic Coordination (OIC) on the situation in Kashmir, saying that “India has intensified its belligerent rhetoric against Pakistan, including threats of military aggression”.

Qureshi made the remarks while speaking to the contact group of the OIC during a meeting on the sidelines of the UN General Assembly in New York to discuss what he called “worsening human rights situation in Indian-occupied Jammu and Kashmir”.

As per details shared by the Pakistan Foreign Office about the OIC meeting, members of the contact group reviewed the recent developments in Jammu and Kashmir, including the human rights and humanitarian situation and the tensions along the Line of Control (LoC).

“The RSS-BJP regime in India was implementing the so-called final solution in the occupied lands,” said Pakistan’s Ambassador Munir Akram as he read out the Foreign Minister’s message in the meeting.

“India was engaged in systematically engineering a demographic change through its new domicile rules.

“The issuance of 1.6 million domicile certificates since March is meant to change the demography of IOJK from a Muslim majority into a Hindu majority territory,” he added.

The minister rejected India’s claim of normalcy in Kashmir, he said “a joint communication by 18 special mandate holders of the Human Rights Council issued last month, noted that the human rights situation there was in a free fall and hundreds of young Kashmiris were killed extra-judicially in fake encounters and cordon and search operations”.

Qureshi said that India should immediately lift its military siege and rescind all illegal actions taken since August 5 2019, removing restrictions on communications, movement and peaceful assembly, along with release of political leaders and free arbitrarily detained Kashmiris.

Turkey raises Kashmir at UNGA

United Nations: Turkey’s President Recep Tayyip Erdogan, who is vying for the leadership of Islamic nations, brought up the Kashmir issue again at the UN General Assembly calling it a “burning issue”.

He slammed the abolition of the special status of Kashmir last year saying that steps taken after it “further complicated the problem”.

“The Kashmir conflict which is also key to the stability and peace of South Asia is still a burning issue,” he said.

“We are in favor of solving this issue through dialogue within the framework of the United Nations resolutions, especially in line with the expectations of the people of Kashmir,” he added.

Erdogan avoided naming India directly, while he had named countries in many of the conflicts from Azerbaijan to Armenia that he spoke about.

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