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Qureshi writes letter to UN Secretary General over India’s aggression

ISLAMABAD: Foreign Minister Shah Mehmood Qureshi has written a letter to the UN Secretary-General Antonio Guterres, saying that Indian aggression has serious implications for regional peace and stability.

In his letter, which was delivered to Guterres’ office by Pakistan’s Ambassador to the UN Maleeha Lodhi, Qureshi informed the UN Secretary-General of the violation of the Line of Control by Indian planes on February 26.

Qureshi while referring to his previous letter to the UN boss said that he had already raised the Indian obsession with war as well as the worsening regional peace owing to threats being made from New Delhi.

Qureshi stated that he wrote his latest letter as tensions between the two South Asian neighbours are on the rise once again and that Indian warplanes “intruded” from the Muzaffarabad sector Tuesday night but were forced to return owing to the Pakistan Air Force’s (PAF) timely response.

The minister said that India was continuously levelling baseless allegation of terrorism against Pakistan just to divert the world’s attention from the grave human rights violations in the Indian-occupied Kashmir.

India’s ruling party, the Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP), was using war-mongering for political gains, especially in light of their upcoming general elections, Qureshi pointed out.

Pakistan, he said, reserved the right of self-defence against India’s aggression, which was an open violation of the United Nations’ Charter, international laws, and interstate regulations.

The FM, therefore, urged the UN Security Council (UNSC) to urge India to immediately halt its aggression.

“Deliver my letter to the members of the UN Security Council as part of the official record,” Qureshi noted.

A notification from the body read that a copy of the letter was delivered to UNSC President Anatolio Ndong Mba. Further, Ambassador Maleeha Lodhi circulated to the UN member states the Organisation of Islamic Cooperation’s (OIC) condemnation of the Indian warplanes’ airspace violations along the LoC.