EU to ensure peace, stability in South Asia

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Spanish FM tells Qureshi.
Staff Reporter
Islamabad
Spanish Foreign Minister Joesp Borrell has assured Pakistan that Spain and the European Union (EU) would make every effort to ensure peace and stability in South Asia following New Delhi’s ill-conceived move to strip Occupied Jammu and Kashmir of its autonomy on August 5.
In a telephonic conversation with his Pakistani counterpart Shah Mehmood Qureshi on Friday, Borrell said that they were closely monitoring the situation and that any further escalation would have severe impact on the peace and security in the region.
During Friday’s telephonic conversations, Qureshi and his Spanish counterpart also agreed to continue to work together for peace and stability in the region, according to a statement issued by the Foreign Office.
Qureshi had telephoned the Spanish foreign minister to brief him on the current situation in the Indian Occupied Jammu and Kashmir. He highlighted the illegal and unilateral steps taken by New Delhi to change the disputed status of IOK and its demographic structure.
The foreign minister added that these steps were in contravention of the United Nations Security Council (UNSC) resolutions on Jammu and Kashmir and the international law.
Qureshi maintained that the actions taken by India entailed grave risk for peace and security in the region and were aimed at bringing a material change to the status of the occupied valley. He highlighted the severe hardships being faced by the people of Occupied Jammu and Kashmir in the face of unprecedented lockdown of the entire population.
Meanwhile Foreign Minister Shah Mahmood Qureshi on Friday telephoned his South African counterpart Naledi Pandor and apprised her about the prevailing situation in Occupied Kashmir.
Shah Mahmood Qureshi said India is committing worst form of human rights violations in Occupied Kashmir.
He said the people of the occupied territory are facing great difficulties due the curfew imposed by India there over the last twelve days. He said the people have no access to medicines and food while all sources of communications including mobile and internet have been blocked there.
The Foreign Minister said India wants to destroy regional peace by resorting to unconstitutional steps in the occupied valley.
Shah Mahmood Qureshi also briefed the South African foreign minister about the contours of the letter he wrote to the UN Security Council.
The South African Minister of International Relations said we are monitoring the whole situation.
Expressing concern over the situation in Kashmir, she said that she will immediately contact the parliamentarians of her country on the matter. She hinted at bringing a joint resolution from the South African parliament about the Kashmir situation.

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