Pakistani PM discusses Kashmir with Saudi, UAE ministers

ISLAMABAD, Sep 4 (KUNA) — Prime Minister of Pakistan Imran Khan on Wednesday discussed Kashmir issue with Saudi Minister of State for Foreign Affairs Adel bin Ahmad Al-Jubeir and Foreign Minister of UAE Sheikh Abdullah bin Zayed bin Sultan Al Nahyan during their day-long visit to Pakistan.

Imran Khan urged international community to pressurize India to halt and reverse its illegal actions and aggressive policies and postures in Indian-administered Kashmir, according to a statement his office.

The Prime Minister highlighted Pakistan’s deep concern over the worsening human rights and humanitarian situation in Indian-administered part of Kashmir because of the month-long complete lockdown and communications blackout in the territory.

He pointed out that India’s actions are a clear violation of UN Security Council resolutions and international law. He emphasized that Saudi Arabia and UAE have an important role in this regard.

The two visiting dignitaries said they were visiting Pakistan at the direction of their leadership. They reaffirmed the strategic significance of the relationship of Kingdom of Saudi Arabia and UAE with Pakistan.

They also acknowledged Pakistan’s role and efforts in promoting and maintaining regional peace and stability. Both countries would remain engaged to help address the current challenges, defuse tensions, and promote an environment of peace and security.

Earlier in the day, Pakistan’s Foreign Minister Shah Mehmood Qureshi received the visiting dignitaries at Noor Khan Airbase in the federal capital. Later, the visiting dignitaries arrived at Pakistan Foreign office in Islamabad to discuss bilateral, regional and international issues.

According to Pakistan Foreign Office, Qureshi apprised the two dignitaries in detail on Pakistan’s concerns over the deteriorating human rights and humanitarian situation in Indian administered Kashmir.

Qureshi underlined, “These actions were a clear violation of international law, UN Security Council resolutions, bilateral agreements and its own solemn commitments since they were aimed at changing the globally acknowledged disputed status of Kashmir and altering the occupied territory’s demographic structure and identity.” The visiting ministers underlined the strong bonds of Saudi Arabia and UAE with Pakistan and the strategic salience of their relationships with Pakistan. They reaffirmed their strong support and solidarity with the people of Pakistan.

With regard to the situation in Kashmir, the ministers took full cognizance of Pakistan’s perspective and agreed to work closely within the Organisation of Islamic Cooperation (OIC) and other multilateral fora, said Foreign Office. The meetings came at a time when the tension along the Pakistan-India border has risen after Indian government revoked disputed Kashmir’s special status with a presidential order last month.

The order revokes Article 370 of India’s Constitution, which gives the state of Jammu and Kashmir its own constitution and decision-making rights for all matters except for defense, communications and foreign affairs.

Source: Kuwait News Agency