Qureshi calls upon UN to play its role for resolution of Palestine, IIOJK disputes
Foreign Minister Shah Mahmood Qureshi on Thursday called upon the United Nations (UN) to play its role for the resolution of the Palestine and Indian Illegally Occupied Jammu and Kashmir (IIOJK) disputes, that have been on UN Security Council's (UNSC) agenda for over seven decades.
The foreign minister's remarks came during a joint news conference along with UN General Assembly President Volkan Bozkir after a meeting in Islamabad earlier today.
"There are similarities between the Palestinian situation and that of Jammu and Kashmir," the FM said. "The oppressed people in both the territories faced with the worst form of human rights violations are demanding their right to self-determination."
The FM categorically stated that the IIOJK dispute is a reality and nobody can remove it from the agenda of the UNSC.
"Pakistan expects the UN to continue to play its leadership role for the revival of the peace process in the Middle East," the foreign minister added.
"The fire can be extinguished through dialogue and a two-state solution in accordance with the UN Security Council resolutions."
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FM Qureshi maintained that timely humanitarian assistance should also be provided to the Palestinians affected by Israeli aggression.
Regarding the Afghan peace process, the foreign ministers reiterated that Pakistan had supported the Afghan reconciliation process and will continue to do so.
Pakistan is supportive of the Istanbul process and international conference that should take place at the earliest in Istanbul, he further said.
UNGA President Bozkir said both Palestine and IIOJK disputes emerged at about the same time and that the UN position on the IIOJK dispute was governed by its charter and the applicable UNSC resolutions.
President Bozkir appreciated Pakistan's efforts for peace and stability in Afghanistan.
Furthermore, he was also appreciative of Prime Minister Imran Khan's Ten Billion Tree Tsunami project, debt relief initiative and the steps taken to keep the spread of Covid-19 in check.
Peace in Middle East
Earlier today, during a meeting with President Bozkir at the Ministry of Foreign Affairs, FM Qureshi stated that establishing peace in the Middle East without resolving the Palestine issue on a permanent basis was impossible.
Foreign Minister Shah Mahmood Qureshi and President of United Nations General Assembly Volkan Bozkir PHOTO: APP
"A ceasefire was the first step towards stopping Israeli atrocities," the FM said. "The implementation of the UN Security Council resolutions was the only just solution to the issues of Palestine and Kashmir."
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Welcoming the UNGA president, who arrived in Islamabad on a three-day visit yesterday, the foreign minister appreciated the president's efforts to convene an emergency session of the General Assembly on Palestine.
Foreign Minister Shah Mahmood Qureshi and President of United Nations General Assembly Volkan Bozkir. PHOTO: APP
Similarly, the foreign minister maintained that there could be no peace in South Asia either unless the Kashmir issue was resolved.
He said Pakistan wanted peace in Afghanistan and intended to continue playing a conciliatory role in the Afghan peace process.
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The foreign minister appreciated the UNGA president's ‘Vaccine for All’ initiative, adding that it was necessary to make everyone safe if the pandemic had to be overcome.
UNGA President Volkan Bozkir also lauded FM Qureshi's efforts in highlighting the issue of Palestine.
Foreign Secretary Sohail Mahmood was also present at the meeting.
(With input from APP)