India’s hostile posture, policies threaten regional peace, warns FM Qureshi

Foreign Minister Shah Mahmood Qureshi has warned that India’s hostile posture and policies are a threat to regional peace, security and stability.

Expressing his views while addressing a meeting of Conservative Friends of Pakistan via video-link, FM Qureshi apprised that he has written to United Nations (UN) Secretary General António Guterres and President Security Council on multiple occasions regarding India’s aggressive posture and hostile policies.

India has deployed additional troops in the area which is already the most militarized zone in the world, he said.

The Foreign Minister also highlighted the fact that India’s human rights violations in disputed valley of Jammu and Kashmir and revocation of especial autonomous status of Indian Occupied Kashmir (IOK) on August 5 last year is an abhorrent violation of International laws and UN Security Council Resolution (UNSCR).

Shah Mahmood Qureshi reiterated that India’s draconian and inhumane policies in the disputed valley include illegal incarceration of political leaders, extra-judicial killings, kidnappings and torture of Kashmiri youth.

He also urged international community to play their due role in ensuring the provision and preservation of basic human rights in the disputed valley.

Furthermore, FM Qureshi underscored the significance of Afghan Peace Process and Pakistan’s relevant progressive role.

Pakistan had facilitated the US-Taliban peace agreement signed in Doha, he noted.

Meanwhile, highlighting the improvement in country’s economic circumstances and indicators, the minister said that domestic tax collection has witnessed an increase of around 30 per cent, whereas the remittances – for the first time ever, have crossed US$20 billion mark.