Pakistan presses UNESCO against India over Occupied Kashmir

Pakistan presses UNESCO against India over Occupied Kashmir

ISLAMABAD - Pakistan has called upon UNESCO to press Indian government to restore fundamental rights of people of Jammu and Kashmir and resolve this international dispute as per UN resolutions.

While delivering Pakistan’s national statement at 40th session of UNESCO General Conference being held in Paris, Federal Minister for Education and Professional Training Shafqat Mahmood drew world’s attention towards dangerous trends where intellectual, moral and legal basis for maintaining global peace is eroding and education and cultural values being undermined.

The minister said over eight million Kashmiris had been locked down under curfew for more than hundred days with their basic human rights and fundamental freedoms being trampled with impunity. The minister also expressed dismay at the decision of India’s highest court, which virtually condoned the destruction of centuries old Babri Mosque in Ayodhya.

Pakistan called upon India to come out of its denial about the disputed nature of Jammu and Kashmir, and reminded it of UN Secretary General’s statement of 8 August 2019 which reaffirmed that UN's position on Kashmir is governed by the UN Charter and applicable Security Council resolutions.

China also condemned and rejected Indian attempts to categorize Jammu and Kashmir, and Ladakh as their integral part.