ISLAMABAD: Pakistan has endorsed the United Nations Secretary General’s call for extending international cooperation and solidarity with the developing countries, and affirmed its support for his three-pronged approach in enhancing response capacity, ensuring that restructuring and recovering better by 2030 sustainable development agenda to address the crisis.
This was stated by Foreign Minister Shah Mahmood Qureshi while talking to UN Secretary General Antonio Guetteres on telephone today (Thursday).
He also welcomed the Secretary General’s imitative to establish the emergency 2 billion dollar Covid-19 Response and Recovery Fund.
Recalling Pakistan proposal for debt relief for developing countries, the Foreign Minister said sought the Secretary General’s support for debt relief for the developing countries as well as additional efforts to combat the flight of capital and ensuring financing for Sustainable Development Goals.
He underscored Pakistan’s deep concerns over continued restrictions in the Indian occupied Jammu and Kashmir, despite confirmed cases and deaths due to Covid-19.
Shah Mahmood called for urgent lifting of communication restrictions, allowing unfettered access to medical and other essential supplies in IOJ&K, and immediate release of all political prisoners, including Yasin Malik, who remained seriously ill.
He briefed the Secretary General about the latest move by India to change the occupied territory’s demographic structure by introducing new domicile rules, underscoring that Pakistan has been consistently sensitizing the international community on this score.
Shah Mahmood Qureshi said these illegal steps were in clear violation of UN Security Council resolutions, bilateral agreements and international law, including the 4th Geneva Convention.
The Foreign Minister stressed that the UN and the international community must take steps to prevent India from changing the demography and distinct identity of Indian Occupied Kashmir.