Kashmir protest: Nawaz Sharif writes letter to Ban Ki-Moon
In an effort to put Kashmir on the world agenda, Pakistan Prime Minister Nawaz Sharif has written letter to UN Secretary General Ban Ki-moon for the second time in a month.
Sherif has sought UN intervention in Kashmir by sending a fact finding mission to investigate the alleged human rights vilations taking place violations in the Valley.
Sherif in his letter he has responded to Moon’s call to avoid further bloodshed in Kashmir. Pakistan Foreign Office spokesperson Nafees Zakariya said Prime Minister has apprised Mr. Ban Ki-moon about the worsening situation in Kashmir valley.
Pakistan Foreign Office spokesperson Nafees Zakariya said Prime Minister has apprised Mr. Ban Ki-moon about the worsening situation in Kashmir valley.
“The Prime Minister mentioned that while ‘Azad Jammu and Kashmir’ cannot be compared in terms of the grim and tragic situation of human rights in Kashmir, it remains open to any UN mission for a visit as it has always facilitated the UNMOGIP, foreign diplomats and tourists,” his FO said.
Sharif has termed Indian Prime Minister Narendra Modi’s recent reference to situations in Balochistan and Pakistan Occupied Kashmir as unwarranted, adding it contradicts UN charter.
he said, unfortunately Modi made the remarks in a bid to divert world attention from the burning human rights atrocities committed by Indian armed forces in Kashmir.
Sharif said, Pakistan welcomes Ban Ki-Moon’s gesture and added that Kashmir remains the reason behind clashes between India and Pakistan. The spokesperson added, Pakistan will continue to to raise the Kashmir issue internationally in future also.
“The Kashmir issue will figure prominently at the upcoming annual meeting of the United Nations General Assembly and the OIC (Organisation of Islamic Cooperation) meetings on the sidelines of the UN session,” Zakaria said.
Meanwhile, US secretary of State John Kerry has commented that as a democracy India should respect the right to protest, says Kerry, as he extends his visit over change of plans on G20.
Here is Kerry’s tweet:
Respect the right to protest, says Kerry, extends visit in Delhi over change of plans on G20 https://t.co/oLc9cHEpba
— Suhasini Haidar (@suhasinih) September 1, 2016