Multan (October 07, 2018): Foreign Minister Shah Mehmood Qureshi has urged the United Nations to constitute a Commission of Inquiry to probe atrocities being committed by Indian forces in Occupied Kashmir on the basis of the report presented by the UN Human Rights Commission.
While addressing a news conference in Multan, Qureshi said the Kashmir issue has been in the limelight following the presentation of the UNHR report.Shah Mehmood Qureshi said he met the UN Secretary-General Antonio Guterres during his visit to the United States and urged him to constitute a Commission of Inquiry to probe Indian atrocities in the held Kashmir.
Responding to a question about Pakistan’s relations with neighbours, the Foreign Minister said Pakistan wants good relations with India and restoration of talks is the best option to resolve all issues including poverty, education and construction of dams.He said Indian backtracking on the meeting of its Foreign Minister with Pakistani counterpart on the sidelines of the UN General Assembly is regrettable as it spoiled an opportunity of bringing both countries together.
About his recent address in the UN General Assembly session, the Foreign Minister said he presented Pakistan’s viewpoint in an effective manner. Shah Mehmood Qureshi said he observed a change in the attitude of the US administration. He said the relations between Pakistan and the United States are improving gradually.Responding to another question about Shehbaz Sharif arrest, the Foreign Minister said National Accountability Bureau and courts are independent institutions and cases against the Opposition Leader are not initiated by the PTI government.
Earlier on September 29, Foreign Minister Shah Mehmood Qureshi had met with United Nations Secretary-General Antonio Guterres and discussed regional and Kashmir issues on Friday in New York. Raising the issue of the plight of Kashmiri people, Qureshi talked to Guterres about the human rights violations in the Occupied region, expressing grave concern regarding the matter. The Secretary-General, he requested, should play a role in the resolution of the conflict.During the talks, the foreign minister also discussed the first-ever report on Kashmir published by the UN High Commissioner for Human Rights that had called for an international probe into the numerous violations.
It was important for a potential solution to be in accordance with the United Nations rules and regulations, Qureshi said, adding that Guterres should tell India to stop its aggressive and jingoistic narrative in the region.In addition, Qureshi, while terming Pakistan a “privileged partner of the UN”, said he was grateful for his country’s role at the global body and underlined Islamabad’s desire to engage with New Delhi for lasting peace.Separately, the foreign minister also informed the UN chief that Pakistan wished for a peaceful resolution to the Afghan issue.
An Afghan-led and -owned peace process was the right way to go forward, Qureshi said, noting that regional peace could be achieved through dialogue.