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Saudi FM Likely to Visit Pakistan This Week

ISLAMABAD – Saudi Minister of State for Foreign Affairs, Adel al-Jubeir, is expected to visit Pakistan most likely within this week to discuss the deteriorating situation in South Asia after annexation of Jammu and Kashmir by the Indian government, the News reported Tuesday.
Adel Al-Jubeir held a meeting with Pakistan Ambassador to Saudi Arabia, Raja Ali Ejaz, in Riyadh on September 1 to discuss the Kashmir situation besides other issues. He also discussed Prime Minister Imran Khan’s likely visit to Saudi Arabia after his UN visit during this month.
Pakistani Prime Minister Imran Khan has spoken thrice with Saudi Crown Prince Mohamed Bin Salman since India’s annexation of Kashmir. The visit of Saudi minister will play an important role in a strong and joint front for implementation of UN resolutions for self-determination of Kashmiri people.
Saudi Ambassador to Pakistan, Nawaf bin Said Al-Malki, in an interview on September 1 stated that Saudi Arabia supports settlement of Kashmir dispute as per international resolutions and was concerned at the end of special status of Kashmir by Indian government.
Malaysian Prime Minister Dr Mahathir Mohammad and Turkish President Tayyip Erdogan were first leaders from Muslim world to take a firm position against Indian decision to annex Kashmir on Aug 5th. Both leaders categorically called for settlement of Kashmir dispute as per UN Security Council Resolutions.
OIC, the representative organization of 57 Muslim nations took a categoric position on Aug 31st calling for settlement of Kashmir Dispute as per UN Resolutions.
Iranian supreme leader Ayatollah Seyed Ali Khamenei has also expressed concern over Muslims’ situation in Kashmir. Ayatollah Khamenei said that we expect the Indian government to adopt a just policy towards the noble people of Kashmir and prevent the oppression & bullying of Muslims in this region.
UAE in their response after Aug 5th pressed for restraint and dialogue between India and Pakistan.
A couple of days back Prime Minister of Pakistan talked to UAE Crown Prince Sheikh Mohammed bin Zayed Al Nahyan on the Kashmir issue.
Prime Minister Imran Khan in his Aug 26th address to nation on Kashmir had highlighted that the Christian majority East Timor was given independence after a UN plebiscite. He added that Muslim majority Kashmir expects same from UN to be given opportunity to decide their destiny in light of UN Resolutions.
UN Secretary General last week congratulated Timor- Leste on 20 years of Independence after UN Referendum. East Timor a country of 1.2 Million and 97pct Roman Catholic won independence from Indonesia after a UN mandated plebiscite in 1999.
Two senior supreme court lawyers in India wrote an article last week criticizing the suppression of Kashmiri people right of life and liberty against a Supreme court decision of 2017 which debars violation of these rights even during an emergency. Over 14 petitions are now pending trial in Indian Supreme court against end of Special Status of Kashmir by Indian government on Aug 5th.
Since 2014, India has shut down internet services over 340 times and half of them were done in Kashmir. This year alone, internet services have been shut down nearly 60 times in Kashmir and are shut since Aug 5th.
Pakistani Foreign Minister Shah Mahmood Qureshi is likely to address the UN Human Rights Council in Geneva on Sept 9th to press for implementation of Council reports in 2018 and 2019 on the violations in Kashmir and the present humanitarian crisis in Kashmir.
(Sahar News Monitoring Desk)

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