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Many countries view Kashmir as bilateral issue: Qureshi

He repeated Pakistan’s offer to engage with India to deal with outstanding issues and said that India had rebuffed its overtures.

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United Nations, Jan 16 : After a failed bid by China to get the UN Security Council involved in the Kashmir issue, Pakistan’s Foreign Minister Shah Mehmood Qureshi has acknowledged that in the eyes of the world it was a bilateral matter for New Delhi and Islamabad to resolve.

“One hears that many countries are of the view that this is a matter of concern, but should be discussed and resolved bilaterally,” he said at a news conference here on Wednesday.

The view that he referred to is the official position of India, which says that under the 1972 Simla Agreement, disputes between the neighbours have to be dealt with bilaterally and has opposed any outside involvement.

China brought up the Kashmir issue at a Council consultation on Wednesday but other members said it was a bilateral issue that it should not take up, diplomatic sources with knowledge of the proceedings said.

The meeting ended even without a statement.

Qureshi asserted he fact that the Kashmir situation has been discussed in the Council for the second time in five months, “is a clear indication that the Security Council is cognisant that the issue is on the agenda fo the Security Council and the impression that India tries to give that this is an internal matter is not accepted”.

The Council held a consultation on Kashmir last August and at that meeting also Council members did not want to get involved in a bilateral issue.

He repeated Pakistan’s offer to engage with India to deal with outstanding issues and said that India had rebuffed its overtures.

India has made an end to crossborder terrorism a condition for negotiations and improving relations.

Qureshi immediately took a swipe at India, saying: “People are seeing a shift that is taking place from a secular India to a Hindu Rashtra, Hindutva philosophy that is being imposed as opposed to the views and vision of the founding fathers.”

He also made a mention of the country-wide protests in India against the Citizenship Amendment Act and the National Register of Citizens and said that they were getting a global airing because there wasn’t a clampdown on international media as there was in Kashmir.

Qureshi said he met Secretary-General Antonio Guterres to appraise him about the situation in the region.

He said that Guterres expressed concern over the situation in Kashmir and mentioned a long meeting he had had on the sidelines of the G20 Summit in Osaka in June.

A terse UN statement about the meeting said they “exchanged views on developments in the region”, and “the Secretary-General reiterated the importance of maintaining peace and stability in South Asia through political dialogue, diplomatic solutions and respect for human rights”.

Qureshi, who had met Iranian President Hassan Rouhani and Foreign Minister Javad Zarif in Tehran on Sunday and Saudi Foreign Minister Faisal bin Farhan Al-Saud on Monday in Riyadh, said he will be meeting Secretary of State Mike Pompeo in Washington on Friday.

He said the US-Iran confrontation was deescalating and that Pakistan was trying to promote peace in the region through the contacts.

(Arul Louis can be contacted at [email protected] and followed on Twitter @arulouis)

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Children face an assault on human rights: UN chief

The UN chief added that gender equality and women’s rights, as well as the empowerment of civil society, were all areas without which human rights could not be guaranteed.

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Geneva, Feb 24 : Young people and children face an assault on human rights and a range of development crises if nations do not rally and commit to an agenda of protection of fundamental freedoms and rights, UN Secretary-General Antonio Guterres said on Monday.

Guterres made the remarks at the 43rd session of the UN Human Rights Council, reports Efe news.

The gathering is known as the council’s “high-level segment” and is widely regarded as the most important of the three meetings that take place yearly.

Over the course of three days experts, heads of state and prime ministers, as well as dozens of state dignitaries, will present the urgent needs and priorities of the countries they represent.

Guterres made a call to action with a seven-point plant, in which he addressed human rights issues across several areas including, sustainable development, gender equality, challenges in the digital age, crisis prevention and freedom of expression.

“I have come to the Human Rights Council, the fulcrum for international dialogue and cooperation to advance all human rights, to launch a call to action.

“Human rights are the birthright of every person and in the interest of every country. They ensure stability. They build solidarity. They promote inclusion and growth,” Guterres said.

Hr launched his call to action with the right to sustainable development which is at the heart of the 2030 Agenda for Sustainable Development and the Sustainable Development Goals.

The second area Guterres flagged was the need to protect human rights in situations of violence, particularly when it comes to vulnerable groups such as minorities and indigenous peoples.

The UN chief added that gender equality and women’s rights, as well as the empowerment of civil society, were all areas without which human rights could not be guaranteed.

Guterres concluded by saying that human rights should be at the core of multilateralism, and that modern technologies and societies had to accommodate essential rights and freedoms.

The UN will promote human rights on the Internet and in the realm of data protection, particularly data that is personal and relates to a person’s health, Guterres added.

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‘Minorities have complete freedom in Pakistan’

According to the London-based Minority Rights Group International, ethnic minorities in Pakistan include Sindhis (14.1 per cent), Pashtuns (15.42 per cent), Mohajirs (7.57 per cent), Baluchis (3.57 per cent).

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Karachi, Feb 24 : Members of minority groups in Pakistan can practice their religion openly and move about with complete freedom in the Muslim-majority country, a Minister has clamed.

While visiting the Swami Narayan Temple in Karachi on Sunday, provincial minister Nasir Hussain Shah vowed to protect the rights of minorities, reports The Express Tribune.

He commended the role and contribution that minorities have played in the development and progress of Pakistan, adding that he had come to the temple with a message of peace.

On behalf of the government, he also announced that 10,000 copies of the Bhagavad Gita would soon be distributed.

According to the London-based Minority Rights Group International, ethnic minorities in Pakistan include Sindhis (14.1 per cent), Pashtuns (15.42 per cent), Mohajirs (7.57 per cent), Baluchis (3.57 per cent).

Religious minorities include Christians (1.59 per cent), Ahmadis (0.22 per cent), Hindus (1.6 per cent), Shias, Isma’ilis, Bohras, Parsis and Sikhs.

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Mahinda Rajapaksa’s son apologises over social media comments

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Colombo, Feb 24 (IANS) Rohitha Rajapaksa, one of three sons of Sri Lankan Prime Minister Mahinda Rajapaksa, has issued an apology over comments he made on social media that drew strong criticism, a media report said.

“I recently made a statement as a result of a targeted offensive comment. It was not my intention to deliberately cause distress to any individual and/or community. Therefore, I sincerely apologise,” the Colombo Gazette newspaper quoted Rohitha as saying in a tweet on Sunday.

The apology came after an individual had tweeted saying: “All what we have achieved is to see you three brothers get married in the same year with nine ceremonies and your in-laws become most eligible for state positions and you live out of public money…”

To this, Rohitha responded by saying: “There is no clause I have to declare my private assets and show off. But trust me no public fund is used for our personal benefits. Why don’t you get ur self a proper job and an education so you won’t be jealous of another persons success. Get a wife and make children.”

To another tweet, he replied: “You seem to know a lot more than the CID, please join and make them finish these cases soon so you can find ur self a boyfriend who can keep you company.”

The Prime Minister’s son received widespread criticism due to these two tweets.

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