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Qureshi urges int'l community not to remain silent over HR violations in IoK

Qureshi urges int'l community not to remain silent over HR violations in IoK

MULTAN – Foreign Minister Shah Mahmood Qureshi on Sunday urged the international community not to remain silent over the human rights violations in Occupied Jammu and Kashmir.

Talking to media in Multan on Sunday, he said that the situation in Occupied Kashmir is grave and it is the responsibility of international human rights organizations to highlight the plights of innocent Kashmiris.

He said the curfew in Occupied Kashmir has entered into 21st consecutive day and the innocent people of the territory are facing extreme hardships of life, where they have no access to food and medicines.

Foreign Minister said Indian government has committed an unconstitutional act by stripping the special status of occupied Kashmir which is against the ideology of Nehru.

He said people in occupied valley are not even allowed to offer their prayers in mosques.

The minister lauded journalists who marched from Lahore to Azad Kashmir to express solidarity with the people of occupied Kashmir.

Earlier, the foreign minister said that the UAE supports Pakistan on Kashmir issue. He said that the struggle of Kashmiris will bear fruit and they will get freedom.

Qureshi in his message to Sikh community said that Pakistan is opening Kartarpur Corridor to promote interfaith harmony. He said in Pakistan Hindus are getting rights but Modi government has shown its true face by locking down the mosques in Occupied Kashmir.

Qureshi in his visit to Khanewal met newly elected members from south Punjab. Addressing on the occasion, he said the whole world is against Modi’s step of August 5 and people of India are divided on this issue.

He said BJP did not allow Muslims of Kashmir to offer Eid prayers and mosques were locked for Friday prayers. He said this shows that India wants genocide of minorities.

While announcing to open Kartarpur Corridor, Qureshi said Pakistan is protecting religious rights of minorities and they are given rights as per constitution of Pakistan.

“I will visit Umar Kot Sindh on 31st of next month and will deliver a message of the complete protection of Hindu Temples in Pakistan to the Hindu community,” he said.

Foreign Minister said: India through locking up mosques in Jammu and Kashmir is establishing the fact that its secularism is a force. Pakistan on the other hand, is determined to provide complete protection to the churches and Temples including all worship places of all minorities living in Pakistan.”