Resolution of Kashmir dispute vital for Pak-India lasting peace; Ahsan Iqbal

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New York: Federal Minister for Planning, Development Ahsan Iqbal has said that resolution of Jammu and Kashmir dispute as per the UN Security Council resolutions is vital for lasting peace between Pakistan and India.

Addressing a press conference at the UN Headquarters, Ahsan Iqbal expressed concern over the plight of the people in Jammu and Kashmir. He said that Kashmiris are facing the worst barbarism, extrajudicial killings, serious human rights violations, curfew, lockdown, Imprisonment and illegal demographic changes.

Federal Minister said that the illegal and unilateral measures taken by Indian Govt on August 5, 2019 have deprived Kashmiris of their identity and they are facing massive repression by the Indian occupying authorities. Demographic changes are being made to transform the Muslim-majority state into a Hindu-majority state by resettling Hindus from different parts of India.

Ahsan Iqbal said that lasting peace between Pakistan and India could not be established unless the Jammu and Kashmir dispute was resolved on the basis of relevant resolutions of the United Nations Charter and the United Nations Security Council. He said that if the tensions arising out of India’s oppressive policies in occupied Kashmir were not addressed, it could lead to another conflict in the region with potentially catastrophic consequences.

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