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ISLAMABAD: Prime Minister Imran Khan will forcefully raise the issue of Jammu and Kashmir dispute at the United Nations General Assembly (UNGA) through his virtual address today, besides Pakistan's perspective on other regional and international issues, the Foreign Office said.

Speaking at his weekly media briefing on Thursday, Foreign Office spokesperson Zahid Hafeez Chaudhry said the prime minister, in his virtual address to the 75th Session of the UN General Assembly, would share Pakistan's perspective on various regional and international issues.

He said the prime minister would once again forcefully raise the issue of Jammu and Kashmir dispute.

In his wide-ranging address, he added that the prime minister would also share Pakistan's successful handling of the Covid-19, his debt relief initiative for developing countries, and Islamophobia.

In response to a question, the spokesperson said that Pakistan greatly appreciated the statement by Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan, for raising the dispute of Jammu and Kashmir once again at the UN General Assembly.

He said that the Turkish president had effectively and forcefully raised his voice for the Kashmiri people.

About the comments made by the Indian Permanent Representative to the UN about Erdogan's speech, describing the Jammu and Kashmir dispute as an 'internal affair' of India, Chaudhry rejected the assertion by the top Indian diplomat, saying: "such remarks are delusional and contrary to historical and legal facts".

"By making such baseless statements Indian officials can only score brownie points with the local audience, but cannot mislead the world opinion. Jammu and Kashmir is an internationally recognized dispute and remains on the agenda of the UN Security Council for over seven decades," he asserted.

He pointed out that the very fact that the UNSC held three meetings on the Jammu and Kashmir dispute, since India's illegal and unilateral actions of 5 August, 2019, reaffirms that it remains seized of the matter.

"Let me also remind the Indian permanent representative that human rights are universal can never be an internal matter for any country," he said, adding that the international condemnation of India for its human rights violations in the IIOJK should be used by the BJP regime and the Indian representatives in New York to do some serious introspection.

"India must come out of its self denial mode and face the international reality of Jammu and Kashmir dispute," he added.

To another question about the Jodhpur incident, he said that the Indian government had still not shared the requisite information regarding the death of 11 Pakistani Hindus in Jodhpur, India under mysterious circumstance.

He once again called upon the Indian government to provide the requisite information without further delay, and carry out a comprehensive and transparent investigation into the matter, and share its findings with Pakistan immediately.

About the baseless report in Indian media with regards to reforms in Gilgit-Baltistan that Pakistan is working on giving a provincial status to the GB and to turn the LoC with India into an international border, he said that such stories are a handy work of hyperactive Indian propaganda machine.

"By making such false propaganda, the government of India cannot change the reality, and the reality is that India is losing in IIOJK," he said.

He said that the reforms in Gilgit-Baltistan were an ongoing process and it included political, administrative and economic reforms based on the long-standing demands of the people of Gilgit-Baltistan.

"Such reforms will continue in line with the needs of the people of Gilgit-Baltistan, and not in wake of India's illegal unilateral actions of 5th August 2019," he said.

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