ISLAMABAD - Foreign Office on Saturday expressed the hope that India after assuming Presidency of United Nations Security Council (UNSC) would abide by the relevant rules and norms governing the global body and implement resolutions on Jammu and Kashmir.

“We hope that India will abide by the relevant rules and norms governing the conduct of the Security Council Presidency. As India assumes this role, we would also like to once again remind it of its legal obligation to implement the UNSC resolutions on Jammu and Kashmir,” Foreign Office Spokesperson Zahid Hafeez Chaudhri said in a press release.

Responding to media queries regarding India’s assuming of presidency of the UNSC for the month of August, the spokesperson said that the presidency of the UNSC was held by each of the members in turn for one month, following the English alphabetical order of the member states’ names.  “The President is responsible for the conduct and running of meetings of the Security Council and is bound to act in accordance with the Rules of Procedures,” it was added.

Also, Pakistan on Saturday strongly condemned India’s politicisation of cricket by preventing international players to participate in the Kashmir Premier League (KPL). Foreign Office Spokesperson Zahid Hafeez Chaudhri said “India’s politicization of cricket cannot be condemned enough”. He termed as “unfortunate and regrettable” the reports where Kashmiri players were denied to share the dressing room with renowned cricket players.

“Depriving young Kashmiri players of the opportunity to share dressing room with big names in cricket is unfortunate and regrettable,” he wrote in a tweet.

The reaction came as former South Africa batsman Herschelle Gibbs accused the Board of Control for Cricket in India (BCCI) of “trying to prevent” him from participating in KPL and bringing their “political agenda with Pakistan into the equation”.

 

“Completely unnecessary of the BCCI to bring their political agenda with Pakistan into the equation and trying to prevent me playing in the KPL,” he said. “(They are) also threatening me saying they won’t allow me entry into India for any cricket related work. Ludicrous.” Gibbs, who is a part of KPL franchise Overseas Warriors, in a tweet said the BCCI had also threatened of denying him entry in India if he participates in the league.

 

Pakistan hails EU Parliament members

Pakistan welcomes the letter on human rights and humanitarian situation in Indian Illegally Occupied Jammu and Kashmir addressed by members of the European Parliament to the President and Vice President of the European Commission. 

In response to media queries regarding the letter, Foreign Office Spokesperson Zahid Hafeez Chaudhri said this letter is another demonstration of the continuing global censure of the ongoing human rights violations and humanitarian crisis in Indian Illegally Occupied Jammu and Kashmir.

He said despite India continuously peddling false propaganda in futile attempts to push the sham narrative of so-called normalcy in IIOJK, the global censure and condemnation of the Indian atrocities in IIOJK continue and have increased in the wake of the egregious violations of human rights and fundamental freedoms in IIOJK after India’s illegal and unilateral actions of 5 August 2019.

Zahid Hafeez Chaudhri said India must realize that it cannot ignore the international community’s continuing calls to end its grave and systematic human rights violations of the Kashmiri people.

The Spokesperson said India will have to ultimately give in to global conscience, end its unabated human rights violations in parts of Jammu and Kashmir under its illegal occupation and take steps for peaceful resolution of the Jammu and Kashmir dispute in accordance with the relevant UN Security Council resolutions and wishes of the Kashmiri people.

Sixteen members of the European Parliament on Friday expressing concerns over the alarming human rights situation in the Indian Illegally Occupied Jammu and Kashmir (IIOK) urged the European Union to raise its voice against the unchecked abuse.

“As a champion of universal human rights, fundamental freedoms and the rule-based international order, the EU must raise its voice against the violations of human rights affecting the people of Jammu and Kashmir,” they said in a letter sent to Ms. Ursula Von Der Leyen, President of the European Commission and Josep Borrell, Vice President of the European Commission/High Representative.