ISLAMABAD: Foreign Minister Bilawal Bhutto Zardari has once again sent a letter to United Nations Secretary General António Guterres and United Nations Security Council President Michel Xavier Biang to sensitize world bodies on India’s illegal actions aimed at changing the demographic structure of illegally occupied Jammu and Kashmir.
According to a statement from the Ministry of Foreign Affairs, the Minister of Foreign Affairs addressed a letter to the President of the United Nations Security Council and the Secretary General of the United Nations, drawing their attention to the alarming situation in Jammu and Kashmir. Illegally Occupied Indian (IIOJK), in particular India’s ongoing illegal measures to alter the demographic structure of the occupied territory.
In his letter, the Minister of Foreign Affairs regretted that India continues to deny the right of self-determination to the people of the IIOJK.
He recalled that the unilateral steps taken by India since August 5, 2019 in the IIOJK, including the ongoing systematic efforts to change the demographic structure of the occupied territory, were in clear violation of international law, including resolutions of the United Nations Security Council and
the Fourth Geneva Convention.
He pointed out that the Indian government was taking swift action to register up to 2.5 million new voters in the IIOJK ahead of the upcoming local elections in the region, in order to meddle and further change the demographic composition of the occupied territory. .
The Foreign Minister reiterated that the only legal basis for the resolution of the Jammu and Kashmir conflict was the implementation of the relevant Security Council resolutions stipulating the final settlement of the state by a free and impartial plebiscite under the auspices of the United Nations.
The Minister of Foreign Affairs called on the UN Security Council to take immediate cognizance of India’s illegal and unilateral actions to alter the demographic composition of the IIOJK; remind India that Jammu and Kashmir remains an internationally recognized dispute; and convince India to let the people of the IIOJK determine their own future.
The Foreign Minister also urged the UN Security Council and the Secretary General to make concerted efforts to promote a peaceful settlement of the Jammu and Kashmir conflict in accordance with the relevant UN Security Council resolutions. and wishes of the Kashmiri people.
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