In meeting with UN chief, Pak foreign minister stresses on peaceful resolution of Kashmir issue

Pakistan’s Foreign Minister Shah Mehmood Qureshi in a meeting with the Secretary-General of the United Nations Antonio Guterres told him that a peaceful resolution of the Kashmir conflict should be both reflective of the locals’ wishes and be in line with the United Nations statutes, reported Geo News. 

According to the report, Qureshi raised the issue of human rights violations in Indian-Administered Kashmir and expressed grave concern regarding the matter.

During the talks, the foreign minister also discussed the first-ever report on Kashmir published by the UN High Commissioner for Human Rights that had called for an international probe into the numerous violations.

“It was important for a potential solution to be in accordance with the United Nations rules and regulations,” the report quoted Qureshi as saying.

Qureshi also told Guterres that he should tell India to stop its ‘aggressive and jingoistic narrative in the region.’

In addition, Qureshi, while terming Pakistan a “privileged partner of the UN”, said he was grateful for his country’s role at the global body and underlined Islamabad’s desire to engage with New Delhi for lasting peace.

Earlier, on Wednesday, Pakistan raised the issue of Kashmir at the OIC Contact Group meeting held on the sidelines of the 73rd session of the UN General Assembly.

India has called the move as completely ‘unwarranted’, reported the Press Trust of India. India while condeming the move said that, the raising of the issue by the group as well as its members was unwarranted as it is related to the internal matters of India.

“We always note with regret that the matter which is very internal to Indian affairs was again discussed at the OIC,” Ministry of External Affairs spokesperson Raveesh Kumar told reporters when asked about Pakistan raising the issue at the OIC meeting.

He said India rejects such references to a matter which is very internal to it.

“We have said in the past that OIC has no locus standi to comment on India’s internal affairs” and it is completely unwarranted for OIC as well as its member countries to discuss matters related to India’s internal affairs in any multi-organisation set up.

When asked about Pakistan’s Foreign Minister Shah Mehmood Qureshi also raising the Kashmir issue in his bilateral meetings on the sidelines of the UN General Assembly, Kumar said Islamabad has been doing this for a long time.


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