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Qureshi writes letter to UN on rights violations in Kashmir

August 23, 2019
Qureshi writes letter to UN on rights violations in Kashmir

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Foreign Minister Shah Mahmood Qureshi has written another letter to the United Nations about India’s human rights violations in Kashmir.

The letter, sent on Friday, was addressed to United Nations High Commissioner for Human Rights Michelle Bachelet. This is the second letter he has written her.

His first letter was on August 4, followed by a telephone conversation on August 8.

In his letter, he asked her to take notice of the situation in Indian-held Kashmir. He highlighted the human rights violations in the region and asked the UN as well as the international community to “call upon India to rescind its unilateral actions, lift the curfew and other draconian measures”.

Qureshi also highlighted that India’s actions constitute flagrant violations of the UN Charter, relevant Security Council resolutions, international law and India’s own solemn commitments.

Pakistan has also approached the UN Security Council against India’s actions in Kashmir. The foreign minister and prime minister have called several of their counterparts to apprise them on the situation in Indian-held Kashmir.

Related: PM Khan, COAS discuss security issues in Indian-held Kashmir

Tensions have escalated between the two countries ever since India repealed Article 370 of its constitution on August 5 and revoked the special status granted to Kashmir.

Prime Minister Imran Khan discussed on Thursday issues of regional security with Chief of Army Staff General Qamar Javed Bajwa at the Prime Minister’s Office. During the meeting, they discussed security issues in light of the prevailing law and order situation in Indian-held Kashmir as well as the situation along the Line of Control.

PM Khan briefed General Bajwa and brought him into confidence about his recent conversation with US President Donald Trump regarding Kashmir. He also discussed his upcoming trip for the 74th session of the UN General Assembly (UNGA) being held in New York on September 2019.

He will address the UNGA on September 27.

This was the first meeting between PM Khan and General Bajwa after he was reappointed as the COAS for an additional three years.

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