Pakistan raises Kashmir issue at UN with plea for early solution

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NEW YORK: Pakistan’s Foreign Minister Shah Mehmood Qureshi, while representing Pakistan at the 73rd session of the United Nations General Assembly in New York, said Saturday Pakistan wanted to engage with “all countries and neighbours on the basis of peace and equality”.

Foreign Minister Makhdoom Shah Mahmood Qureshi addressing at the 73rd session of the United Nations General Assembly in New York.

He said, “Today the world is at a crossroads as protectionism, populism and isolationism are gaining currency. New forms and manifestations of imperialism are appearing, and dark clouds of trade wars are looming large.”

“In these uncertain times, the global community seems desperate for leadership, vision and an order,” said Qureshi, adding that Pakistan will continue to “collaborate on the platforms of United Nations and Organisation of Islamic Cooperation (OIC) to reverse the tide of bigotry”.

Briefing the audience about the long outstanding issues with India, Qureshi clarified that Pakistan wanted to “resolve outstanding issues with India through dialogue but the Indian government has wasted an opportunity for the third time — each time with flimsy excuses”.

He emphasised that the unresolved Kashmir dispute poses a great threat to peace and stability in the region. “Peace can never be established in South Asia unless the issue of Kashmir is resolved in accordance with the UN resolutions,” Qureshi asserted.

He said that India must “stop human rights violations in the occupied Kashmir and also stop ceasefire violations across the line of control”.

The foreign minister warned that India will face a “severe reaction if it attempted any misadventure against Pakistan”.

“India has been sponsoring terrorism in Pakistan and Indian spy Kulbhushan Jadhav was involved in planning and sponsoring terrorist activities in Pakistan on behalf of the Indian government,” Qureshi said, while briefing the world about direct Indian involvement in sponsoring terrorist activities inside Pakistan.

He continued to say Jadhav has provided Pakistani authorities with “the most incriminating evidence” and that he was “but one Indian state-sponsored terrorist (among many)”.