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26 October, Monday

Pakistan urges UN to act for resolution of Kashmir, Palestine issues

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Pakistan's Prime Minister Imran Khan on Friday urged the UN, and the international community to act to resolve the long-smoldering disputes of Palestine and Kashmir, which posed a threat to global peace, Yeni Safak reports.

Addressing the 75th session of the UN General Assembly through video link, Khan spoke in length on the simmering issues ranging from Israel's illegal annexation of Palestinian territories and alleged human rights violations in Indian-administered Kashmir, and from the rising trend of Islamophobia, to ongoing Afghan peace process.

"International agreements have been flouted and set aside. Conflicts are proliferating and intensifying," Khan said, urging the UN secretary general to "take the lead in preventing global conflicts," and convene summit-level meetings to address regional hotspots and resolve outstanding disputes.

Reiterating his country's opposition to New Delhi's scrapping of the longstanding semi-autonomous status of disputed Jammu and Kashmir August last year, Khan said: "India illegally and unilaterally sought to change the status of the occupied territories and deployed additional troops, bringing the total number to 900,000 to impose a military siege on 8 million Kashmiris."

Khan urged the international community to investigate "these grave violations and prosecute the Indian civil and military personnel involved in state terrorism and serious crimes against humanity, being perpetrated, with complete impunity."

"Changing the demographic structure of occupied territory is a war crime," he added.

Khan further accused New Delhi of playing a "dangerous" game of upping the military ante against Islamabad in a nuclearised strategic environment.

"Despite constant Indian provocations and ceasefire violations along the Line of Control and the Working Boundary targeting innocent civilians, Pakistan has exercised maximum restraint. We have consistently sensitized the world community about a ‘false flag’ operation and another ill-conceived misadventure by India."

Pakistani Prime Minister Imran Khan in his speech at 75th session of the United Nations General Assembly also expressed his concerns on Palestine and Afghanistan issues. 

While Prime minister touched upon the illegal annexation of Palestinian territories by Israel, he stressed that the building of illegal settlements and the imposition of inhuman living conditions on local residents in occupied territories cannot bring peace the troubled region. 

He said his country continues to support a two-state solution – in line with UN General Assembly and the Security Council resolutions, within the internationally agreed parameters, pre-1967 borders, and Al-Quds Al-Sharif as the Capital of a united, contiguous and independent Palestinian state.

Concerning on the prolonging Afghanistan dispute, Imran Khan said that the ongoing peace talks between the rival Afghan groups should bring an end to nearly two decades-long bloody conflict in the war-torn country, and he urged the Afghan leaders to seize the "historic" opportunity to achieve reconciliation and restore peace in their country.

"I have consistently maintained over the past two decades that there is no military solution to the decades-old conflict in Afghanistan. The only way forward was and is a political settlement which involves the full spectrum of Afghanistan’s political actors, " Khan said. 

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