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Pakistan ‘completely rejects’ Indian bid to hold G20 meeting in occupied Kashmir

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  • Pakistan deplores Indian plans to hold 2023 meetings of the G-20 in IoJK.
  • Foreign Office reiterates that IoJK is a disputed region.
  • FO asks international community to stop India’s human rights violations.

ISLAMABAD: Pakistan Saturday completely rejected India’s attempt to hold the G-20 summit in occupied Jammu and Kashmir, reiterating that the region is under New Delhi’s forcible and illegal occupation.

NDTV reported that India is planning to host the 2023 meetings of the G-20 and its Ministry of External Affairs has already issued directives to the authorities in the occupied territory to ensure necessary arrangements.

In a statement, the Foreign Office reminded India that it is well-known that IoJK is an internationally recognised “disputed” territory between Islamabad and New Delhi.

“The territory has been under forcible and illegal occupation of India since 1947 and this dispute has remained on the agenda of the United Nations Security Council for over seven decades,” the statement read.

The Foreign Office said India is responsible for widespread atrocities and egregious human rights violations in IOJK. Since India’s illegal and unilateral actions on August 5, 2019, Indian occupation forces have killed 639 innocent Kashmiris in extra-judicial murders, it noted.

“Numerous reports of the UN, including the two commissioned by the Office of the High Commissioner for Human Rights (OHCHR) in 2018 and 2019, have re-confirmed ongoing Indian atrocities against the Kashmiri people.”

The Foreign Office stressed that most ominously, India has been seeking to change the demographic structure of the occupied territory in flagrant violation of relevant UN Security Council resolutions, international law, and the 4th Geneva Convention.

Contemplating the holding of any G20-related event in IoJK — in utter disregard of the globally acknowledged “disputed” status of the territory — is a travesty that the international community cannot accept under any circumstances, it said.

“It is expected that in case of any such controversial proposal from India, which would be designed to seek international legitimacy for an illegal and tyrannical occupation continuing for over seven decades, the G20 members will be fully cognizant of the imperatives of law and justice and would reject it out-right.”

The Foreign Office strongly urged the international community to call upon India to end its gross and systematic violations of human rights in IOJK, revoke its illegal and unilateral actions of 5 August 2019, and free all political prisoners including the true Kashmiri leaders.

“The only way to lasting peace in South Asia is by granting the people of the Indian Illegally Occupied Jammu and Kashmir their inalienable right to self-determination as pledged to them in the relevant UN Security Council resolutions,” the Foreign Office added.

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The government is about to unleash another gasoline bomb on citizens beaten by inflation

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governmentThe price of petroleum products is anticipated to rise by the Federal Government starting on July 16. The price of gasoline is anticipated to rise by Rs7.67 per litre, the price of high-speed diesel by Rs3.72 per litre, and the price of kerosene by Rs2.73 per litre.

The people have informed me that a proposal to increase the petroleum levy has been created and is pending final clearance from Prime Minister Shehbaz Sharif.

After speaking with the premier, it is expected that the Ministry of Finance will declare the revised petroleum product prices tonight.

Petroleum product prices have recently surged due to rising global oil prices and Pakitsan’s adjustment of the petroleum levy in response to the International Monetary Fund’s (IMF) adamant demands, which forced the country to raise the petroleum development levy in the Finance Bill to Rs70 per litre.

Noteworthy is the fact that on July 1, the authorities also dropped a gasoline bomb.

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Torrential Rains: Punjab Is Expected To See Significant Rainfall Today And Tomorrow

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Severe rainstorms are predicted to strike the province in the next days, especially today and tomorrow, according to a warning from the Punjab Provincial Disaster Management Authority.

Given the weather prediction, the PDMA has asked those in charge of organizing mourning processions to take precautions.

Strong downpours are expected to batter the Province tonight and into Muharram 8 and 9, according to a PDMA spokeswoman.

Procession organizers should remain vigilant and make sure that all necessary safety precautions are taken, the spokeswoman recommended.

Rescue agencies have also been instructed by the PDMA to exercise caution, especially during the days of heavy precipitation that are predicted.

Avoid holding Majalis on shaky rooftops, keep a safe distance from electricity poles and wires, and stay away from rivers.

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Pakistan has so far repatriated 653,154 illegal Afghans.

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Reuniting illegal Afghans with their families is still ongoing, and as of right now, 653,154 Afghans have departed Pakistan altogether.

A total of 15,727 Afghans, comprising 7126 men, 4926 women, and 3675 children, departed their homeland between July 3 and July 15.

Five hundred and eighty-one cars carrying 487 families have returned to Afghanistan.

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