ISLAMABAD: Pakistan Foreign Minister Shah Mahmood Qureshi Tuesday spoke with Mirwaiz Umar Farooq, Chairman All Parties Hurriyat Conference on phone. The Foreign Minister briefed him on the efforts of the Government of Pakistan to highlight, what he said, “the gross human rights violations being perpetrated by the Indian forces in Indian administered Jammu and Kashmir.”
In this context, he mentioned the June 2018 report issued by the Office of the High Commissioner for Human Rights and the APPKG report of the UK Parliament. He also emphasized that India should permit the visit of the Commission of Inquiry, as envisaged in both reports, a press release issued by the Ministry of Foreign Affairs here said.
The Foreign Minister also informed Mirwaiz Umar Farooq of the upcoming events, being organized in London at the House of Commons and the exhibition being held in London on February 4-5, 2019 respectively.
These, again, were efforts to highlight the centrality of Jammu and Kashmir dispute and the “grave human rights violations against the Kashmiri people by India”, which were being widely condemned and need to be immediately stopped, he added.
Mirwaiz Umar Farooq greatly appreciated the efforts of the Government of Pakistan and emphasized that the “Indian atrocities shall never be able to suppress the will of the people of Jammu and Kashmir, who would continue to raise their voice against severe Indian repression and in the face of Indian black laws.”
He also said that he would have “wanted to be present for the London events, but his passport and those of his contemporaries, Page-1had been confiscated by the Government of India, to prevent them from travelling abroad.”
Meanwhile,Pakistan Foreign Office on Wednesday rejected objections raised by India over Foreign Minister Shah Mehmood Qureshi’s telephone call to Mirwaiz Umar Farooq .
Farooq appreciated the efforts of the Pakistan government and emphasised that the Indian atrocities shall never be able to suppress the will of the people.“Kashmir is an unresolved issue between Pakistan and India and acknowledged as such through UN Security Council resolutions, including the Simla Agreement and the Lahore Declaration,” a statement issued by the foreign office said.