ISLAMABAD: A four-member Kashmiri delegation and members of the Kashmir American Council Washington called on Foreign Minister Shah Mehmood Qureshi on Thursday.
The foreign minister appreciated the efforts of the Kashmiri diaspora in raising the Kashmir dispute on international forums. While highlighting the report of the United Nations Office of the High Commissioner for Human Rights (OHCHR) on Kashmir, the foreign minister stated that the UN has also recognised the gravity of the situation of human rights violations in Indian Occupied Kashmir (IOK) and condemned the deplorable human rights record of the Indian forces in the occupied valley. The report called for the establishment of a Commission of Inquiry (CoI) to investigate the gross human rights violations in IOK, which has been a consistent demand of Pakistan.
He maintained that Kashmiris, being the aggrieved party to the conflict, need to put up sustained efforts to highlight the human rights violations in IOK perpetrated by the occupation forces. He reiterated Pakistan’s unflinching political, moral and diplomatic support to the just cause of Kashmiris for the right to self-determination. He said that Pakistan seeks peaceful resolution of the Kashmir dispute in accordance with the wishes of the people of the valley and the United Nations Security Council (UNSC) resolutions.