Zarif reaffirms Iran’s support for Kashmiris as Pakistan continues diplomatic push to highlight issue – Pakistan

As part of the government's drive to highlight the suffering of the Kashmir people, who have been enduring a strict confinement in occupied Kashmir since the Indian government took away their special autonomy last month, Foreign Minister Shah Mehmood Qureshi, He called his Iranian, Turkish and Bangladesh counterparts on Tuesday to discuss the situation in the restless region.

The minister informed each of his counterparts about the "illegal and unilateral actions" taken by India to alter the disputed state of occupied Kashmir, underlining that the measures taken "represented threats to peace and stability in the region."

Speaking about the worsening human rights situation, Qureshi informed them that the total closure in the valley has now entered its fifth week, resulting in immense suffering since people cannot access hospitals, medications and food supplies

Iranian Foreign Minister Javad Zarif reiterated his country's concern about the deterioration of the human rights situation in occupied Kashmir and reaffirmed support for the people of Kashmir, said a statement issued by the Ministry of Foreign Affairs.

In early August, Iranian President Hassan Rouhani, during a telephone conversation with Prime Minister Imran Khan, had expressed concern over the "atrocities and murders of innocent people in the occupied Jammu and Kashmir."

In his conversation with Zarif, Qureshi said that the actions of India constitute "violations of the UN Charter, the relevant Security Council resolutions, international law and India's own commitments."

Highlighting the seriousness of the situation, the Foreign Minister said that the situation requires "to completely lift the curfew, eliminate movement restrictions, peaceful assembly, food and medical supplies and release of political prisoners," according to the FO statement.

Qureshi expressed gratitude to the Iranian leadership and the people of Iran "for supporting [the] repressed people "of Jammu and Kashmir occupied by the Indians.

Zarif "thanked the detailed information" and both ministers agreed to remain committed as the situation evolves, said the FO brochure.

Bangladesh Foreign Minister Dr. A. K. Abdul Momen, while speaking with Foreign Minister Qureshi, "emphasized the importance of resolving disputes through dialogue and discussions," said a separate statement from the FO.

Both ministers agreed to stay in touch on the matter, he added.

While talking with his Turkish counterpart, Mevlut Cavusoglu, the Foreign Minister stressed that the people of occupied Kashmir "are looking at the international community, especially the Muslim world" to participate in the resolution of the conflict, Pakistan Radio reported.

He thanked the Turkish president, Recep Tayyip Erdogan, for raising his voice in support of the cashmere and praised Turkey's efforts for Muslim unity.

Both foreign ministers agreed to "continue bilateral consultations and meet outside the United Nations General Assembly and OCI meetings," according to the state radio service.



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