New York, July 14 (KMS): Federal Minister for Planning, Development and Special Initiatives, Ahsan Iqbal, has said that durable peace between Pakistan and India will continue to be elusive unless the dispute over Jammu and Kashmir was resolved in accordance with the relevant resolutions of the United Nations Security Council (UNSC).
Addressing a press conference in New York at the United Nations, the minister expressed grave concern over the plight of the people of Indian illegally occupied Jammu and Kashmir, who have been suffering brutal oppression, extra judicial killings, human rights violations, extended curfews, lockdowns, arbitrary detention, and illegal demographic displacement.
He said after the illegal and unilateral action of 5 August 2019 to snatch Jammu and Kashmir’s identity, the Indian authorities have been mounting massive campaign of repression against the people of the occupied territory. He said, the move was an attempt to change demography of the Muslim majority IIOJK to turn it into a Hindu majority territory by eliminating indigenous Muslim population and settling down Hindus from across India in the region.
This move created barriers to a just resolution of the Kashmir dispute, he said, adding that if the tension created by India’s cruel policies in IIOJK was left unattended, it could lead to another conflict in the region with potentially catastrophic consequences.
The minister, who is currently visiting the US to attend the High Level Political Forum (HLPF) session at the United Nations, said this was a component of the global effort to implement the Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs).
He also stressed on the international community for evolving an emergency action plan and mobilizing financial resources to ramp up food production, keep supply chains open, assist poor farmers and build food bank for the developing countries.