Islamabad, 15 October 2022 (TDI): The Foreign Minister of the Islamic Republic of Pakistan, Bilawal Bhutto, sent a letter to the President of the United Nations Security Council (UNSC) and the UN Secretary-General, António Guterres, on 15 October.

In his letter, Bilawal drew the UN’s attention to the alarming situation in the Indian Illegally Occupied Jammu and Kashmir (IIOJK).

Bilawal’s message

The Foreign Minister, in his letter, regretted India’s continued denial of the right of self-determination to the people of IIOJK. He discussed the unilateral measures undertaken by India since 5 August 2019 in IIOJK in his letter.

He also told about the ongoing systematic efforts to change the demographic structure of the occupied territory. Bilawal informed in his letter that India is in blatant violation of international law, including the relevant UN Security Council resolutions and the Fourth Geneva Convention.

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Bilawal also underlined the Indian government’s expeditious moves to register as many as 2.5 million new voters in IIOJK before the upcoming local elections in the region.

He also told that these moves were to meddle with and further alter the demographic makeup of the occupied territory.

Bilawal recalled that the only legal basis for the resolution of the Jammu and Kashmir dispute was the implementation of the relevant Security Council Resolutions.

He also called upon the UN Security Council to take immediate notice of the ongoing illegal actions by India.

Bilawal urged the UNSC and the Secretary-General to make concerted efforts to promote peace in Jammu and Kashmir.

He said that this should be done according to the relevant UNSC Resolutions and the wishes of the Kashmiri people.

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