Chief Editor: Ansar Mahmood Bhatti

Indian Occupation Forces have martyred more than 13 Kashmiris


The Indian Occupation Forces in their recent acts of state terrorism have martyred more than 13 Kashmiris including Akhlaq Ahmad Khan, Yawar Ahmed Butt, Muhammad Shameem, Ulfat Altaf, Sajjad Ahmad Malik, Qamar Din, Javeed Rashid, Zahoor-ul Haq Butt, Osama Bin Javed, Zahid Hussain Sagar, Bilal Ahmed Dar, in Pulwama, Baramulla, Ganderbal, Kulgam, Ramban, and Kathua districts of the Indian Occupied Jammu & Kashmir (IOJ&K). There are reports of more deaths but due to complete communication blackout the exact details are not coming out of the Indian occupied Valley.


The Indian Occupied Jammu & Kashmir remains under siege and cut off from the rest of the world for the 61st consecutive day (since the lockdown was imposed on 4th August 2019) as the Indian occupation forces continue to impose an unprecedented military lock down and total clampdown of both road networks and all means of communications, which risk lives of the people. These inhuman and unilateral actions by India are continuing without any respite despite international condemnation and censure.


We condemn this unprecedented communication blockade and clampdown in IOJ&K and impress upon the international community to take cognizance of the continuing blatant human rights violations by the Indian Occupation Forces.


As Director General (SA & SAARC), I summoned the Indian Deputy High Commissioner, Mr. Gaurav Ahluwalia, on 14th and 30th September and on 1st October 2019 and condemned the unprovoked ceasefire violations by the Indian occupation forces along the Line of Control (LoC). These violations were perpetrated in the Nezapir, BagsarNikial, Rakhchikri and Jandrot sectors, which resulted in multiple shahadats and injuries.


In an important development, adelegation of the Taliban Political Commission (TPC) in Doha called on Foreign Minister Shah Mehmood Qureshi today. The delegation was led by the head of TPC Maulana Abdul Ghani Baradar and included senior members of the Commission. This is first ever visit of a Taliban delegation to Pakistan since the establishment of the TPC.


Mr.Qureshi noted that Pakistan would continue to support all efforts to achieve permanent peace in Afghanistan which was essential for Pakistan’s own socio-economic development and progress. He said that an inclusive peace and reconciliation process, involving all sections of the Afghan society, was the only, practical way forward and noted that the direct Taliban-US talks since last year, strongly and sincerely supported by Pakistan, had now laid a firm ground for achieving a sustainable peace deal in Afghanistan.


Thanking Pakistan for the hospitality, the TPC delegation appreciated Pakistan’s support for peace in Afghanistan. Both sides agreed on the need for earliest resumption of the peace process. Foreign Minister reiterated Pakistan’s commitment and continued strong support for all efforts in this regard.


Moving forward, the Prime Minister of Pakistan concluded a seven days long successful visit to New York to attend the 74th session of the United Nations General Assembly, which primarily focused on the horrifying human rights situation in the Indian Occupied Jammu and Kashmir. The Prime Minister had several high-level engagements with various world leaders, heads of international human rights organization and other institutions.Apart from these engagements, the Prime Minister also interacted with international media outlets, including engagements with editorial boards and leading think-tanks. Some of his notable interactions include meeting with the President of USA, President of Iran, Prime Minister of Italy, President of the Swiss Confederation, Turkish President, Prime Minister of the United Kingdom, President of Egypt, Prime Minister of Malaysia, Prime Minister of New Zealand, Prime Minister of Norway, UN Secretary General António Guterres and several other international leaders.


Similarly, Foreign Minister Shah Mahmood Qureshi also spent a very active week in New York and held several significant engagements on the sidelines of UNGA, whereby he met with his counterparts from various countries, international leaders and heads of important institutions etc. that  include meetings with  the Foreign Ministers of Argentina, Bahrain, China, Côte d’Ivoire, EU, Estonia, Iran, Ireland, Kazakhstan, Qatar, Turkey, UAE, and  meetings with President and CEO of international Crisis Group, President of the United Nations General Assembly. Apart from this, the Foreign Minister also addressed the United Nations Security Council’s Ministerial debate, led the Pakistan delegation to Ministerial meeting of OIC Contact Group on Jammu and Kashmir and actively engaged with national and international media. The Foreign Minister successfully sensitized the international community about the continuing Indian atrocities in IOJ&K and convincingly presented Pakistan’s comprehensive position on the Jammu & Kashmir dispute.


Moving forth, the Ministers of Foreign Affairs of the OIC Contact Group on Jammu and Kashmir met on the sidelines of the 74th session of UN General Assembly and issued an important joint communiqué, in which they expressed deep concern over the worsening human rights and humanitarian situation IOJ&K.


Lastly, Pakistan congratulated the people and government of Afghanistan on successful holding of the 4th Presidential elections. The people of Afghanistan particularly deserve appreciation for their clear decision to continue with the democratic course despite serious hurdles and challenges. We sincerely hope that the new government elected through a free, fair and transparent voting process will enjoy the full mandate to take the stalled peace process forward. This is important for ending the 18 years old conflict through an inclusive, Afghan-led and Afghan-owned negotiated political settlement. Pakistan will continue to facilitate the new Afghan government towards this end.


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