Foreign Minister’s letter to UN Secretary General

Islamabad, February 19 (KMS): Below is the text of the letter that Foreign Minister Shah Mehmood Qureshi addressed to the UN Secretary General:

“It is with a sense of urgency that I draw your attention to the deteriorating security situation in our region resulting from the threat of use of force against Pakistan by India.

The Pulwama attack on Indian Central Reserve Police Force was ostensibly and even by Indian accounts carried out by a Kashmiri resident of Indian Occupied Kashmir. Attributing it to Pakistan even before investigations is absurd.

For domestic political reasons, India has deliberately ratcheted up its hostile rhetoric against Pakistan and created a tense environment. It has also hinted that it may abandon the Indus Waters Treaty. This would be a grievous error.

It is imperative to take steps for de-escalation. The United Nations must step in to defuse tensions. India must be asked to conduct an open and credible investigation on Pulwama incident.

You may also consider asking India to refrain from further escalating the situation and enter into dialogue with Pakistan and the Kashmiris to calm the situation down.

I request that this letter be circulated to members of the Security Council and General Assembly.”

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