Kashmiri Deaths in Indian Custody Spark Call for Accountability

Islamabad, Pakistan – Pakistan has once again called for India to be held accountable for human rights violations in the Indian Illegally Occupied Jammu and Kashmir (IIOJK). The Foreign Office spokesperson, Mumtaz Zahra Baloch, emphasized Pakistan’s support for the people of Kashmir and condemned the reported custodial death of a Kashmiri civilian in Pulwama district.

Baloch also highlighted Pakistan’s recent election as a non-permanent member of the UN Security Council for the term 2025-2026. With overwhelming support from the UN General Assembly, Pakistan aims to play a key role in promoting peace, opposing unilateral force, combating terrorism, and supporting UN peacekeeping efforts.

Additionally, Baloch condemned the bombing of an UN-run school sheltering Palestinian refugees by Israeli forces, calling it a grave violation of international law. She also denounced the storming of the Al-Aqsa Mosque compound by Israeli extremists and urged for an urgent ceasefire in Gaza.

In other news, Deputy Prime Minister and Foreign Minister Muhammad Ishaq Dar is set to attend an extraordinary meeting of the D8 Council of Foreign Ministers in Istanbul regarding the situation in Gaza. The meeting will focus on the international community’s responsibility to achieve an urgent ceasefire and end the humanitarian crisis in Gaza.

Furthermore, Pakistan expressed condolences for the passing of the Tunisian Ambassador in Islamabad due to illness. The country also shared details of Prime Minister Shehbaz Sharif’s visit to China, where both sides signed multiple Memorandums of Understanding (MoUs) to deepen cooperation in various sectors. The commitment to the China-Pakistan Economic Corridor (CPEC) was reaffirmed, with emphasis on the safety and security of Chinese personnel and projects in Pakistan.

Overall, Pakistan continues to advocate for peace, human rights, and international cooperation in addressing regional and global challenges. The country’s engagement with the UN Security Council, D8 Council of Foreign Ministers, and bilateral partners like China demonstrates its commitment to fostering stability and prosperity in the region.