Pakistan calls for end to Indian ‘brutality’ in occupied Kashmir

Foreign Minister Shah Mahmood Qureshi Friday strongly condemned the use of excessive force by the Indian security Forces against unarmed protestors, including women and children, in Indian Occupied Kashmir.

“The human rights of the Kashmiri people must be respected and their voices heard to create an enabling environment for a peaceful solution of the longstanding Jammu and Kashmir dispute,” he said in an address to the annual coordination meeting of OIC foreign minister, demanding an immediate end to the “brutality.”

The Foreign Minister thanked the OIC Foreign Ministers for their consistent support to the people of Jammu and Kashmir in their just struggle for their right to self-determination.

Foreign Minister Qureshi also expressed deep concern on increasing instances of Islamophobia and negative stereotyping of Islam and discrimination against Muslims. He underlined the need to address divisive ideologies and hate speech that posed a serious threat to societal peace and harmony in open societies, underscoring the need to promote interfaith and intercultural dialogue to marginalize extremists on all sides.

Foreign Minister Qureshi emphasized that terrorism has no faith, no creed and no nationality. Therefore, equating any of these with terrorism would be counterproductive. He underlined the need to address its root causes like prolonged unresolved conflicts, continued suppression and marginalization of people and denial of the right of self determination to people suffering under foreign occupation to eradicate the menace of terrorism.

The Foreign Minister expressed Pakistan’s unequivocal support to the Palestinian cause and the two-state solution of the Arab-Israeli conflict. He also condemned the Israeli attack on Freedom Flotilla and expressed support for a prompt, impartial and transparent inquiry by the UN Secretary General’s panel of the incident