Indian security forces during a clash with local Kashmiris. (Photo: Reuters)
KATHMANDU, Jan 16: Foreign Minister of Pakistan Makhdoom Shah Mahmood Qureshi met UN Secretary General Antonio Guterres today in New York.
Briefing the Secretary General on the grave situation in Indian Occupied Jammu and Kashmir, Qureshi said that eight million Kashmiris continue to be placed under indefinite curfew, lockdown and communications blackout for over 150 days, according to a press release issued by Pakistan Embassy in Kathmandu.
"The Foreign Minister also welcomed consideration of the issue of Jammu & Kashmir by the Security Council second time in the last five months which reaffirmed its disputed status as per the United Nations Security Council resolutions," read the press release.
While acknowledging the Secretary General’s statement of 8 August 2019, the Foreign Minister underlined the urgent need for the United Nations to act decisively by taking immediate steps to halt these dangerous policies, discourage India from provoking a conflict with Pakistan and avert humanitarian catastrophe and growing dangers to South Asian peace and stability.
The Foreign Minister also briefed the Secretary-General on Pakistan’s ongoing efforts to defuse tensions in the region through proactive engagement with Iran, Saudi Arabia and the U.S, according to the release.
In response, the UN Secretary General expressed the importance of maintaining peace and stability in South Asia and Gulf region through political dialogue, diplomatic solutions and respect for human rights.