Foreign Minister Shah Mahmood Qureshi and United Nations Secretary-General (UNSG) Antonio Guterres have unanimous view that urgent and unconditional humanitarian assistance, as well as financial support, should be given to the Afghan people to prevent a humanitarian disaster or an economic collapse.

Foreign Minister Qureshi apprised UN secretary general of the evolving situation in Afghanistan and briefed on Pakistan’s assistance in the safe evacuation and relocation of UN and other international staff from Kabul and establishment of a ‘human corridor’ for the delivery of aid and relief goods.

The foreign minister shared a dossier containing details of the widespread human rights violations by Indian authorities in Illegally Indian Occupied Jammu and Kashmir (IIOJK).

“Unilateral Indian measures taken in the disputed territory are a threat to regional and international peace and security,” a press release issued by the Pakistan Mission to the UN quoted the foreign minister as saying. 

India is busy changing the demography of Kashmir, ignoring UN Security Council resolutions and international law, the communique quoted Qureshi.

He also urged the UN chief to resolve the IIOJK issue under the UN Charter and Security Council resolutions and called for forcing India to withdraw its illegal measures of August 5, 2019, and give the Kashmiri people their right to self-determination.

The foreign minister also stressed the need to take effective measures to curb the growing intolerance, discriminatory attitudes and Islamophobia.

He called for the elimination of the inequality regarding the Covid-19 vaccine and for ensuring adequate financial support for developing countries to deal with the pandemic and its economic implications.

Meanwhile, addressing a news conference in New York, Qureshi called for a coordinated strategy to bring peace, stability and prosperity to Afghanistan.

He warned that Afghanistan could plunge into another crisis and the situation might deteriorate if the right policy was not pursued.

Qureshi said Prime Minister Imran Khan, in his address to the UNGA, talked about all those topics which were of immense importance for the people of Pakistan.

The story was filed by the News Desk.
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