Pakistan briefs UNSC permanent members on Kashmir

Pakistan briefs UNSC permanent members on Kashmir

ISLAMABAD: (APP) Adviser to the Prime Minister on Foreign Affairs Sartaj Aziz Friday said the oppressive measures by India could not deter the valiant people of Indian Occupied Kashmir (IOK) from their just struggle for right of self-determination.

He deplored the lethal use of force by the Indian occupation forces against the innocent Kashmiris.

The Advisor was briefing Ambassadors of the Permanent Members of the UN Security Council (China, France, Russia, United Kingdom and the United States of America) and the European Union over the killings and serious human rights violations being committed by the Indian occupation forces in IOK, said a press release.

Sartaj conveyed serious concerns over the bloodshed in the IOK which had taken a toll of more than 80 innocent Kashmiris since last month and inflicted injuries on more than 7,000 people.

The Adviser regretted the refusal from the Indian side in response to Pakistan's proposal for talks on Jammu and Kashmir dispute.

In this regard, he briefed the Ambassadors over the exchange of letters between the Foreign Secretary and his Indian counterpart.

The Adviser said the international community, especially the permanent members of the UN Security Council and the European Union have an important role to uphold the principles of human rights and international humanitarian laws.

He urged them to fulfill their commitments to the people of Jammu and Kashmir under the UN Security Council resolutions.

The Adviser said Pakistan welcomed the UN Secretary General's offer and would be ready to engage in a dialogue to resolve the Jammu and Kashmir dispute.

The P-5 and EU ambassadors stressed the need to resolve the issue peacefully.

They also acknowledged the importance of dialogue to address this long standing issue and the prevailing grave situation.

Pakistan's readiness for dialogue was appreciated by them.