Debate on IoK issue at UNSC meeting is another diplomatic success for Pakistan: FM
August 6, 2020
ISLAMABAD (92 News) - Foreign Minister Shah Mahmood Qureshi has said that discussion on Indian Occupied Kashmir (IoK) issue at a UN Security Council (UNSC) meeting is another diplomatic success for Pakistan. In a statement, FM Qureshi said the issue was debated on August 5 when India had taken unilateral illegal steps about the status of Jammu and Kashmir last year. He also said it has never happened before that the Kashmir issue is debated at the UNSC for third time in a year. According to Pakistan's Permanent Representative Munir Akram, two important documents were presented to the UNSC, one on Kashmir's legal and the other on human rights. Talking to 92 News, FM Qureshi said that the world is listening to the voice of Kashmiris through government efforts. The minister said he had written a letter to the UNSC President informing him that the human rights situation in Indian Illegally Occupied Jammu and Kashmir (IIOJ&K) has fast been deteriorating, and the issue needs to be debated by the Council. Shah Mehmood Qureshi said he is thankful that not only the issue was included in the agenda of the UNSC meeting within 72 hours of his request but it was also debated at length. He said 14 out of 15 members of the Council took part in the debate. FM Qureshi said India did its best to prevent this discussion, but it failed in it. He said Indian attempts to build an impression that Kashmir is its internal matter or bilateral issue have also failed. The minister also thanked the entire nation for expressing solidarity with the Kashmiris by taking out rallies across the country on Youm-e-Istehsal yesterday.