Qureshi heads to Geneva to attend UN Rights Council session

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Staff Report

ISLAMABAD

Foreign Minister Shah Mehmood Qureshi on Monday left for Switzerland on a three-day visit to represent Pakistan at the 42nd session of the United Nations Human Rights Council beginning in Geneva.

During the session running from September 9 to September 27, the council will examine over 90 reports on a wide range of issues presented by 25 human rights experts, groups, and mechanisms.

FM Qureshi is expected to address the session and present the case of Kashmiris facing India’s brutalities in the occupied region.

He will raise India’s unilateral and illegal actions in occupied Kashmir and highlight the threat posed to the region and the world due to New Delhi’s aggressive actions.

The foreign minister will also hold meetings with leaders of the Organisation of Islamic Cooperation (OIC) and World Health Organisation (WHO) in Geneva.

He will also interact with local and international media representatives and present Pakistan’s point of view on various regional and international issues.

The human rights situations in Myanmar, Yemen, Ukraine, Libya, Somalia, Sudan, Central African Republic and Georgia will also be on the agenda during the session.

Prime Minister Imran Khan is also set to address the 74th UN General Assembly session to highlight Indian atrocities in occupied Kashmir, with reports suggesting his speech will be on September 27.

Last week, chairing the second meeting of Kashmir Cell in Islamabad, the Foreign Minister said he will present the case of innocent Kashmiris to the representatives of world community.

Shah Mahmood Qureshi said he will shake the global conscience on serious human rights abuses in India-occupied Kashmir.

Pakistan has called upon the international community to take immediate cognizance of the deteriorating human rights situation in IoK after the deployment of additional troops in the valley by India on August 5.