Pakistani Foreign Minister, Shá Mehmood Qureshi, at a press conference in Islamabad – – / SPA / dpa – Archive
GENEVA, 10 (Reuters / EP)
Pakistan's Foreign Minister, Shá Mehmood Qureshi, denounced on Tuesday the United Nations Human Rights Council the risk of “genocide” in the Kashmir region for “illegal military occupation” by India.
The Government of New Delhi on August 5 revoked the statute of autonomy of the Indian part of Kashmir, a region where eight million people live and whose sovereignty has been disputed for decades both countries.
“The desolate and traumatized localities, mountains, plains and valleys of Kashmir occupied by India reverberate today with the ominous memories of Rwanda, Srebrenica, the Rohingyas and the killing of Gujarat,” said Qureshi, in his address to the Rights Council UN humans, in Geneva.
“The people of Kashmir occupied by India are suffering the worst. I shudder to mention the word genocide here but I must do it. Cashmere in the occupied territory, as a religious, racial, ethnic and national group, face serious threats to their lives, his way of living on his livelihood by a xenophobic, misogynist and murderous regime, “said the head of Pakistan's diplomacy. India has not responded to Qureshi's speech to the Human Rights Council.
Speaking to the press in Geneva, Qureshi has said he does not see a rapprochement between India and Pakistan regarding Kashmir. “I currently do not see a scenario in which there is a possibility of bilateral contact with India,” he said.
The Pakistani Foreign Minister has called on the United Nations Secretary General, Antonio Guterres, and the Security Council of the multinational organization to take action on this issue to end the tensions between the two countries.
“Today eight million people are in prison, deprived of all civil and political liberties. The world cannot and should not remain silent. If it does, it will be part of this criminal negligence,” said Qureshi.
Pakistan and India have disputed the Kashmir region since 1947 and have faced it in two of the three wars they have maintained since their independence from the United Kingdom. In 1999 there was a brief but intense military confrontation between both nuclear powers and since 2003 a fragile truce has been maintained.
Separatist groups that advocate independence or union with Pakistan operate in the area. New Delhi accuses Islamabad of sponsoring these militias, but Pakistanis deny all involvement and ensure that their support for the separatists is merely moral. Estimates are around 45,000 deaths due to this conflict since the late 1980s.
Tensions between the two countries reached their peak in recent years after the attack on February 14 in the town of Pulwama, in Indian Kashmir, which resulted in the deaths of 40 agents. The authorship of the attack was claimed by the armed group Jaish-e-Mohammad (JeM), after which India directly accused Pakistan of being involved in the attack, which was flatly rejected by Islamabad.
In the first half of 2019, more than 300 people have died in the region, according to data collected by the Armed Conflict Location and Event Data Project (ACLED). The figure is the worst since it began collecting data in 2016.