Worrying situation in Jammu and Kashmir: Swedish FM

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ISLAMABAD: Expressing concern about the situation in Indian-occupied Kashmir, Swedish Foreign Minister Margot Wallstrom on Wednesday urged Pakistan and India to find a bilateral diplomatic solution.

The top Swedish diplomat made the remarks on Twitter following her telephonic conversation with Foreign Minister Shah Mahmood Qureshi.

“Worrying situation in Jammu and Kashmir. In a telephone call today with Pakistan’s FM H.E. Shah Mahmood Qureshi I stressed that the EU, incl. Sweden, supports a bilateral political solution between India and Pakistan over Kashmir, dialogue through diplomatic channels is crucial,” she tweeted.

In response, Foreign Minister Shah Mahmood Qureshi said Pakistan continues to pursue aggressive diplomacy for #Kashmir across the globe.

“Peace is the only solution. India’s continued oppression, violence and disregard for human life in IOK is the antithesis to a peaceful solution for the people of Kashmir and regional stability,” Qureshi wrote on Twitter.

Qureshi also spoke to the foreign ministers of Norway and Denmark and called for the EU’s help to end curfew in the Indian-occupied Kashmir.

Foreign Minister Makhdoom Shah Mahmood Qureshi held a telephonic conversation with Swedish Foreign Minister Margot Wallstrom today to discuss the current situation in the Indian Occupied Jammu and Kashmir.

The Foreign Minister briefed his Swedish counterpart on the illegal and unilateral actions taken by India to alter the disputed status of Indian occupied Jammu and Kashmir. He emphasized that these steps by India were a violation of the United Nations Security Council (UNSC) resolutions on Jammu and Kashmir and International Law.

The Foreign Minister highlighted the severe hardships faced by the people of the Indian occupied Jammu and Kashmir due to complete lock down and communications blackout for the past seventeen days. He added that due to the brutal steps taken by the Indian Government people of IOK were facing shortages of basic human necessities such as food and medicines. Foreign Minister stated that India was committing serious human rights violations in IOK, which needed to be stopped immediately.

The Foreign Minister expressed hope that Sweden would play its role and impress upon India to alleviate the sufferings of the people in IOK.

According to a statement issued by the Foreign Office, Foreign Minister Wallstrom stated that Sweden was closely following the developments in Kashmir and underlined the importance of bilateral dialogue and negotiations to resolve the issue.

The Swedish Foreign Minister stressed that population of Kashmir must be included in the decisions about their future. She added that there were worrisome reports of human rights violations in Kashmir, which must be investigated.

The two leaders agreed to remain in contact and continue to work together for peace and stability in the region.