Thursday Jan 16, 2020
ISLAMABAD: Prime Minister Imran Khan said on Thursday that February 5 (Kashmir Day) will be observed in complete solidarity with the oppressed people of Indian occupied Kashmir.
The prime minister chaired a high-level session on Kashmir today, where Chief of Army Staff General Qamar Javed Bajwa and Director General Inter-Services Intelligence Lt Gen Faiz Hameed were also present.
In the session, the ongoing lockdown of the valley since India revoked Iok’s special status was condemned.
The prime minister reiterated diplomatic, political and moral support for the plight of Kashmiris.
Prime Minister Imran Khan earlier today welcomed a meeting of the United Nations Security Council (UNSC) held in New York to discuss the humanitarian crisis and communications lock down imposed on occupied Kashmir by India.
The prime minister in his message on Twitter reiterated that the issue of occupied Kashmir was an internationally recognised dispute that remains on the agenda of the international body.
"Pakistan welcomes UN Security Council discussing the situation in Jammu and Kashmir again. An internationally recognized dispute, Jammu and Kashmir remains on the Security Council’s agenda and its consideration by the Council reflects a recognition of the seriousness of the prevailing situation," PM Imran wrote on Twitter.
"Jammu and Kashmir dispute must be resolved in accordance with relevant UN Security Council resolutions and the will of the Kashmiri people. We will continue to provide moral, political and diplomatic support to the Kashmiri people until they secure their inalienable right to self-determination," he added.
The UNSC had on Wednesday met for the second time in less than six months behind closed doors to discuss the alarming situation in the occupied valley.
After the meeting, Chinese Ambassador to UN Zhang Jun confirmed the council had reviewed the situation in the occupied valley.
“We had a meeting on Jammu and Kashmir,” Jun said, adding the 15-member Council was briefed by the UN secretariat on the situation on the ground. A UN department briefed council members over the situation in the region, after which a discussion was held on the matter.
Separately, Foreign Minister Shah Mehmood Qureshi on Wednesday met United Nations Secretary-General Antonio Guterres in New York where he apprised the UN chief about the situation in the valley.
The foreign minister, in his meeting, told the UN secretary-general that Pakistan remained committed to holding a dialogue with India over the situation in the disputed valley, which has been under a military lockdown since August 5.
“India has been backtracking from talks but Pakistan remains committed,” Qureshi told the media after his meeting. “The international community should play its role in helping the people of the occupied valley from Indian subjugation and suppression.”
Qureshi, while talking to media about his meeting with the UN chief, added that the Kashmir issue was not India’s internal matter. “This is the second time in five months that the Security Council discussed the Kashmir issue,” he said.