ISLAMABAD : Pakistan has said that India’s election as non-permanent member of the United Nations Security Council (UNSC) raises questions, as New Delhi’s actions in Indian Occupied Kashmir (IOK) and beyond are fundamental negation of the purposes and principles of the UN Charter. This was stated by Foreign Office Spokesperson Aisha Farooqui in opening statement of her weekly news briefing on Thursday. Farooqui said, “We congratulate Ireland, Norway and Mexico on their election to the UN Security Council. However, the election of India raises fundamental questions.” She said India is a consistent violator of the UN Security Council resolutions on Jammu and Kashmir dispute. Rather than felicitated, a country with such credentials must be held accountable. India must be asked to abide by the resolutions of the Security Council. The spokesperson said that Pakistan will be working with rest of the members of the Security Council in advancing the objectives of international peace and security in South Asia and beyond. Farooqui said that India stands in flagrant violation of several resolutions of the Security Council that prescribed an UN-supervised plebiscite to enable the people of Jammu and Kashmir to exercise their fundamental right to self-determination. She said India has incarcerated 8 million Kashmiris, including top Kashmiri leadership, with 900,000 occupation troops. She said that the people of Indian Occupied Kashmir have been suffering under inhuman lockdown and military siege for over 10 months, following India’s illegal and unilateral actions of 5 August 2019. She said the entire region has been turned into a large prison, with unprecedented restrictions which continue despite the ongoing Covid-19 pandemic. She said India has persistently defied requests to allow international monitors in occupied Kashmir. The spokesperson said Indian actions aimed at illegally altering the demographic structure of occupied Kashmir are violation of multiple UN Security Council resolutions and international law, in particular the 4th Geneva Convention. She said while the world is grappling with the unprecedented COVID-19 pandemic, India is busy, unabashedly; advancing RSS-BJP inspired extremist ‘Hindutva’ ideology. Over and above, she said, the current Indian leadership has perpetuated massive violations of human rights against its minorities, in particular Muslims, threatening them with statelessness.
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