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UNITED NATIONS: Pakistan’s Ambassador to the United Nations, Munir Akram, apprised UN Secretary-General Antonio Guterres about the worsening human rights situation in Indian Illegally Occupied Kashmir (IIOK) and the concomitant threat to regional peace and security.
According to a statement, the Pakistani envoy called on the UN chief on instructions from Foreign Minister Shah Mahmood Qureshi and urged Antonio Guterres urged the UN chief to take steps to promote peace in South Asia.
During the meeting, Munir Akram expressed alarm at the extrajudicial killings in staged encounters and fake cordon-and-search operations, as well as arbitrary detentions and crimes against humanity by Indian occupation forces in IoK.
He highlighted the recent arrests of over 1400 Kashmiris on false charges in one of the biggest ever crackdowns in the disputed territory. “Such mass scale repression was reflective of New Delhi’s frustration at its failure to realize its ominous final solution for Jammu and Kashmir,” he added.
The Pakistani envoy also drew the attention of the secretary-general towards Indian Home Minister’s “callous” statement threatening to conduct “surgical strikes” against Pakistan.
He also expressed concerns that India may once again conduct a “false flag” operation to justify aggression against Pakistan.“Pakistan desired peace with India but it would spare no effort to resolutely thwart any aggressive designs by India,” he reiterated.
Ambassador Akram urged the Secretary-General to make all efforts to avoid the prospects of a deadly conflict between India and Pakistan, lower tensions, and promote peace in South Asia.
On the occasion, the Secretary-General expressed concerns on the worsening situation in IIOJK and promised to make efforts towards de-escalation.