FM apprises Russian counterpart about IoK situation

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Staff Report

Islamabad

Foreign Minister Makhdoom Shah Mahmood Qureshi held a telephonic conversation with his Russian counterpart Sergey Lavrov on Wednesday and briefed him on the current situation of occupied Jammu and Kashmir.

According to the statement issued by the Foreign Office, the Foreign Minister briefed him on the illegal and unilateral steps taken by the Indian Government to change the disputed status of occupied Jammu and Kashmir and its demographic structure.

He said that these steps by India are against the United Nations Security Council resolutions on Jammu and Kashmir and International Law.

The Foreign Minister highlighted the severe hardships faced by the people of the occupied Jammu and Kashmir in the face of unprecedented lockdown of the entire population.

He also apprised his Russian counterpart about the deteriorating situation of safety and security of the population in the occupied Jammu & Kashmir, which has been under curfew for the last ten days.

The Foreign Minister also shared concerns about the intensified repression by Indian security forces and the possibility of false flag operation, which would further endanger peace and security in the region.

Russian Foreign Minister Lavrov underlined the importance of resolution of all outstanding issues through dialogue and peaceful means.

The two leaders agreed to continue to work together for peace and stability in the region.

Muslims in Indian Occupied Kashmir spent Eidul Azha in a security lockdown, unable to call their friends and relatives.

Pakistan has formally requested an emergency meeting of the UN Security Council against the illegal moves by India to change the status quo in the region.

The Hindu nationalist government in New Delhi seeks to snuff out opposition to its move to impose tighter central control over the disputed region.

Tens of thousands of troop reinforcements have been deployed to Srinagar and other towns and villages, turning the picturesque city into a deserted warren of barbed wire and barricades.

Occupation authorities had eased restrictions temporarily on Sunday to let residents buy food and supplies for Eid. But security was tightened again after sporadic protests involving hundreds of people during the day, residents said.

Police vans roamed the streets late on Sunday ordering people to stay indoors.

For Eid on Monday, the Himalayan region’s biggest mosque, the Jama Masjid, was ordered shut and people were only allowed to pray in smaller local mosques so that no big crowds could gather, witnesses said.