Foreign Minister raises human rights violations in Occupied Jammu and Kashmir and urges the UN Secretary General to play his role in resolution of the disputes
In a meeting with UN Secretary General, Antonio Guterres, Foreign Minister Makhdoom Shah Mahmood Qureshi highlighted the plight of the people of occupied Jammu and Kashmir. Referring to the report of the Human Rights High Commissioner, Foreign Minister Qureshi expressed grave concern at the plight and suffering of Kashmiris at the hands of Indian occupying forces.
He stressed on peaceful resolution of the dispute, reflecting the wishes of the people of Jammu and Kashmir, in accordance with the UN Security Council resolutions is important. He also called on the Secretary General to play his role in resolution of the dispute.
The Foreign Minister highlighted the jingoistic rhetoric from Delhi and asked the Secretary General to urge India not to embark on any misadventure. He expressed Pakistan’s desire to engage with India for lasting peace in the region.
On Afghanistan, the Foreign Minister reiterated that peace and stability was only possible through an inclusive, Afghan-led and Afghan-owned peace process. He said Pakistan’s interest was in a peaceful and stable Afghanistan.
The Secretary General, calling Pakistan a “privileged partner of the UN”, appreciated its lead role at the UN, including as a top troop contributor to peacekeeping.
Foreign Minister Qureshi and Secretary General agreed on the importance of regional peace through dialogue.
Foreign Minister meets the Foreign Minister of Niger
The Foreign Minister Shah Mahmood Qureshi met the Foreign Minister of Niger, Kalla Ankouraou, today. Held in a cordial atmosphere, the discussion ranged issues of mutual concern.
Expressing satisfaction at the close bilateral relations marked by a convergence of view and shared perspectives, the Foreign Minister stressed that Pakistan seeks to further intensify these ties across the entire spectrum. He also thanked Niger for its principled position on the Jammu and Kashmir dispute, and its valuable contribution as member of the OIC Contact Group on Jammu and Kashmir.
Congratulating the Foreign Minister on assumption of office, the Foreign Minister of Niger stated that his government looks forward to working closely with the new government in Pakistan, to infuse further momentum to our bilateral relations. Reaffirming their abiding commitment to the Jammu and Kashmir dispute, Foreign Minister Ankouraou added that Niger will continue to lend its strong support to the legitimate cause of the Kashmiri people.
The Ministers agreed that exchange of high level visits will provide a greater strategic momentum to relations between the two countries. To this end, the Foreign Minister extended an invitation to Foreign Minister Ankouraou to visit Pakistan. The Foreign Minister of Niger consented. Dates for the visit will be coordinated through the diplomatic channel.
The Foreign Minister Shah Mahmood Qureshi met the Foreign Minister of the UAE, His Highness Sheikh Abdullah bin Ziyad, today on the margins of the UNGA.
The Foreign Minister recalled the successful visit of the Prime Minister to the UAE on 19 September and his meeting with His Highness Sheikh Mohammad bin Ziyad, the Crown Prince which was marked by their decision to take bilateral relations to next level. To this end, both sides agreed to hold the Joint Ministerial Commission meeting in the near future. The Foreign Minister raised with his counterpart the need to provide more opportunities to Pakistanis in the UAE economy and to benefit from skilled and professional human resource.
The Foreign Minister highlighted the investment and economic opportunities in Pakistan and invited UAE corporate sector to benefit from them.
The Foreign Minister also raised the issue of Pakistanis who have been sentenced on petty offenses for their remission and repatriation to Pakistan.
OIC adopts Statement calling respect of Islam, the revered personalities and symbols of Islam
Foreign Ministers of the OIC adopted a strongly worded statement aimed against denigrating Islam, its revered personalities and symbols. The statement was proposed jointly by Pakistan and Turkey. The Ministers met on the margins of the UNGA Session in New York.
The Foreign Minister Shah Mahmood Qureshi in his statement expressed deep concern over the misrepresentation of Islam as well as at activities which have hurt the feelings of Muslims all over the world – activities that had shown disrespect to the most revered personality of Islam. In the joint statement which was adopted by the Ministerial meeting, serious concerns were expressed on intensification of hate campaigns which were deliberately targeting Muslims and the Islamic religious symbols. The joint statement rejected provocative acts like the holding of the competition and contest to ridicule Islam and aimed at inciting violence.
Ever since caricatures competition was announced, Pakistan raised the matter at the diplomatic level with the United Nations, OIC, and European Union and sensitized world leaders. Foreign Minister wrote to OIC Secretary General, UN Secretary General, the Dutch foreign Minister and foreign ministers of Muslim countries to jointly act against Islamophobic acts. Pakistan also requested the convening of an Emergency Session of the OIC Executive Committee to seize of the situation arising from acts derogating Islam.
Prime Minster Imran Khan on assuming office in the first meeting of the cabinet expressed serious concern. The cabinet adopted a resolution condemning the campaign of derogating Islam. Both houses of the parliament also adopted resolutions, calling for halting such activities. Prime Minister Imran Khan had assured the Parliament that matter will be raised during the OIC Ministerial Meeting in New York.
Foreign Minister in his bilateral meeting in New York, expressed concern on the alarming rise in defamatory activities which were hurting the sensibilities of the Muslims. The Foreign Minister affirmed that freedom of expression comes with concomitant responsibilities, and should be exercised keeping in view the ethical, moral and legal obligations.
The OIC Joint Statement refers to important resolutions adopted by the OIC, Human Rights Council and the UNGA condemning attacking Islam, combating intolerance, negative stereotyping and stigmatization and discrimination, incitement to violence against persons based on religion and belief. In particular the Joint Statement refers to various steps proposed by the OIC to foster an environment of peace, religious tolerance and respect and measures to be taken by the states in their domestic sphere.
Joint Statement is a reflection of the government’s commitment to play its role in garnering support through joint action of OIC and building solidarity and unity among Muslim countries and to stand united for common cause of upholding the values of Islam and engaging with other countries to promote culture of peace and tolerance.