Pakistan PM Imran Khan Declares He Will Take Kashmir Case to the UN

  • Prime Minister Imran Khan is going to the United Nations to fight for Kashmir issues.
  • Foreign Minister indicated that previous peace agreements may be in jeopardy.
  • Pakistan has decided to continue the struggle politically, constitutionally and legally.

Pakistan’s political leadership celebrated Eid in Pakistan-administered Kashmir to express solidarity with Kashmiris, where Foreign Minister Shah Mahmood Qureshi said, “Not only Pakistan but China also rejects India’s unconstitutional measures.” Foreign Minister Shah Mehmood Qureshi while addressing the Mank Payi refugee camp said, “We are not members of the Security Council. We needed a lawyer to fight for us.” So I went to China and congratulate you that I have brought a lawyer from China to fight our case to the Security Council.”

The Shimla Agreement was signed between India and Pakistan on 2 July 1972 in Shimla, the capital city of the Indian state of Himachal Pradesh. It followed from the Bangladesh Liberation war in 1971 that led to the independence of Bangladesh, which was earlier known as East Pakistan and was part of the territory of Pakistan. India entered the war as an ally of Bangladesh which transformed the war into an Indo-Pakistani War of 1971. The agreement was ratified by the Parliaments of both the nations in same year.

Apart from the  Foreign Minister Qureshi, Pakistan Peoples Party Chairman Bilawal Bhutto Zardari and other Pakistani leaders including  Senator Iqbal Zafar Jhagra met with the political leadership of Pakistan-administered Kashmir and held public meetings and press conferences. A rally was held after the Eid prayer in Muzaffarabad mosque to express solidarity with the Kashmiris.

Imran Khan to UN

Foreign Minister Shah Mehmood Qureshi said that next month (in September), Prime Minister Imran Khan is going to the United Nations to fight for Kashmir issues. He appealed to every Pakistani outside the country that when Indian Prime Minister Narendra Modi goes to the United Nations, he will be protesting outside the UN. “In principle, your case is very strong legally,” he said.

On Imran Khan’s visit to the United Nations, he said that at a joint meeting of the Security Committee and Parliament it was decided that Pakistan must go to the United Nations against Indian measures. He said that despite the Shimla Agreement and Lahore Declaration (on the Kashmir issue) there was no progress.

The Foreign Minister said that the Shimla Agreement was mentioned to resolve the issues through bilateral links, but the “attack” was done by India unilaterally, so Pakistan decided to review its agreements with India.

“In the National Security Council, Prime Minister Imran Khan has set up a high-level committee under my leadership in which we will review these agreements.” Shah Mehmood Qureshi said, “India closes its ears at the astonishment of Kashmiris, turns away. So we have decided to knock on the UN door.”

Imran Khan (born 5 October 1952) is the 22nd and current Prime Minister of Pakistan and the chairman of the Pakistan Tehreek-e-Insaf (PTI). Before entering politics, Khan was an international cricketer and captain of Pakistan national cricket team, leading the team to the victory in 1992 Cricket World Cup.

In his meeting with Kashmiri leaders, Shah Mehmood Qureshi commented on his Chinese visit, saying that the unanimous message from Muzaffarabad on Eid-ul-Azha has spread to the whole world that Pakistan and all its political parties are one on the Kashmir issue. He said that Pakistan has decided to continue the struggle politically, constitutionally and legally.

He said that Prime Minister Imran Khan is scheduled to visit Muzaffarabad on the 14th August and he will address the parliament. “If Pakistani Prime Minister fails to fight, who will fight?”

PPP Chairman Bhutto criticized the PTI government at a press conference. He said that there was a historic attack on the rights of Kashmiris at that time. “We are confronted by a man who is a butcher in Gujarat, who has now become a butcher in Kashmir.”

On the other hand, Foreign Minister Shah Mehmood Qureshi said at a press conference that the Kashmir issue should be kept out of politics. “Bilawal  came here today, we prayed together, Eid was sent, a good message went around the world but I would also tell them to do politics but not be encased in the flag of Kashmir.”

Meetings with Kashmiri leaders

Shah Mahmood Qureshi also met Sardar Masood Khan, President of Pakistan-administered Kashmir and held a joint press conference. Massoud Khan said India started a ‘massacre of Kashmiris’ by deploying additional troops to Kashmir.

Earlier, addressing a press conference with the Prime Minister of Pakistan-administered Kashmir, he said, “Pakistan’s politics should not be done under the flag of Kashmir, there should be no politics on the Kashmir issue.”

He said that Prime Minister Imran Khan was talking to the heads of Malaysia, Turkey, Britain, Indonesia and the rest of the countries. “I too have contacts with the foreign ministers of different countries, I will still have a meeting with the Polish Foreign Minister.” He said that, “Pakistan must continue its best efforts and struggles, but I want to make clear that our efforts will not succeed unless the Pakistanis and Kashmiris around the world are involved in the struggle.”

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Joyce Davis

My history goes back to 2002 and I  worked as a reporter, interviewer, news editor, copy editor, managing editor, newsletter founder, almanac profiler, and news radio broadcaster.

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