PM Nawaz to raise Kashmir issue on sidelines of World Economic Forum

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JAN 17 – Premier’s Special Assistant on Foreign Affairs Tariq Fatemi on Tuesday said Nawaz Sharif would highlight the prevailing critical situation in India-held Kashmir during his upcoming meeting with the United Nations (UN) Secretary General Antonio Guterres on the sidelines of World Economic Forum (WEF).

“If the situation in India-held Kashmir is not addressed according to the wishes of its people, it would have far-reaching consequences,” Fatemi told, when asked about the meetings of the prime minister on the sidelines of the 47th WEF at Davos, Switzerland.

Nawaz is scheduled to meet Guterres on the sidelines of WEF on January 19.

Fatemi termed Kashmir a “flashpoint”, which he said could turn into a very serious situation.

Pakistan has already asked the United Nations to restrain India from interfering and conducting activities aimed at destabilising Pakistan.

Fatemi said the prime minister would highlight the deployment of over 700,000 troops in the occupied territory, the use of pellet guns there and the rejection of a fact-finding mission by India.

He regretted the “ethnic cleansing and genocide” of Kashmiris by the Indian paramilitary forces and said even the independent human rights groups in Kashmir were describing the unrest as “indigenous and home-grown” and without any foreign influence.

He said the movement gained momentum after the death of Hizbul Mujahideen leader Burhan Wani.

Fatemi said the prime minister would also take up the matter relating to incidents of firing on unarmed civilians, the ongoing curfew and demonstrations of the Kashmiri youth against the atrocities.

Pakistan wants to establish relations with all countries on the basis of honour and dignity.

He said the prime minister would categorically inform the UN secretary general that India was responsible for the tension in the region.

Fatemi spoke about India’s belligerent attitude, its continual assertion of “surgical strikes”, violation of ceasefire along the Line of Control (LoC) and firing at the Working Boundary.