Pak gets Turkey’s back­ing to use UN re­port on Kash­mir at UNGA side­lines

Hindustan Times (Gurugram) - - Nation - Im­tiaz Ah­mad let­ters@hin­dus­tan­times,com ■

ISLAMABAD :Pak­istan plans to use a re­port on Kash­mir by the UN Hu­man Rights Of­fice to high­light the is­sue dur­ing a con­fer­ence that will be held on the mar­gins of the United Na­tions Gen­eral Assem­bly (UNGA), for­eign min­is­ter Shah Mah­mood Qureshi has said.

“At the UN, there will be a sep­a­rate con­fer­ence on Kash­mir on the side­lines. It hap­pens ev­ery year, but it is dif­fer­ent this time be­cause a new UN re­port has come out which sheds light on (Jammu and Kash­mir),” Qureshi said.

There has been a surge in the peo­ple’s in­ter­est in hu­man rights abuses tak­ing place in Kash­mir, he said dur­ing a news con­fer­ence he jointly ad­dressed with his Turk­ish coun­ter­part Mev­lut Cavu­soglu on Fri­day.

The UN re­port on the hu­man rights sit­u­a­tion in Kash­mir, re­leased in June, trig­gered a furore as it called for ad­dress­ing past and on­go­ing rights vi­o­la­tions in the re­gion.

In­dia’s for­eign min­istry re­jected the re­port, the first is­sued by the UN on the hu­man rights sit­u­a­tion in both parts of Kash­mir, say­ing it was “fal­la­cious, ten­den­tious and mo­ti­vated” and com­prised “largely un­ver­i­fied in­for­ma­tion”.

Cavu­soglu said Turkey will stand by Pak­istan in the group formed on Kash­mir at the UN and sup­port ef­forts for a peace­ful so­lu­tion to the long-stand­ing Kash­mir is­sue. He said it is Turkey’s de­sire that the Kash­mir is­sue is re­solved in a peace­ful man­ner.

Qureshi also said the Pak­istan-Turkey re­la­tion­ship is very strong as both coun­tries un­der­stand each other’s sen­si­tiv­i­ties.

He also thanked Turkey for sup­port­ing Pak­istan’s ap­pli­ca­tion to join the Nu­clear Sup­pli­ers Group (NSG).

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