36th Session UNHRC: Director EFSAS at UNPO Side-event
Mr. Junaid Qureshi - Director EFSAS - speaking as a Key-note speaker at a Side-event organized by Unrepresented Nations and Peoples Organisation (UNPO) during the 36th Session of the United Nations Human Rights Council (UNHRC) in Geneva. Mr. Qureshi had been invited to speak on the construction of China Pakistan Economic Corridor (CPEC) with regard to Gilgit Baltistan from a purely legal perspective considering International Law and UN Security Council Resolutions.
Mr. Junaid Qureshi - Director EFSAS - speaking at a Side-event organized by Unrepresented Nations and Peoples Organisation (UNPO) during the 36th Session of the UN Human Rights Council in Geneva.
Mr. Qureshi stressed that historical evidence and logically drawn inferences and analyses, make it clear that the construction of the CPE is illegal and in contravention of international law. He added that Gilgit Baltistan is an integral part of Jammu & Kashmir State, the future status of which still needs to be decided according to the wishes of the people living in Jammu, Ladakh, the Kashmir Valley, Pakistan Administered Kashmir and indeed, Gilgit Baltistan. Mr. Qureshi further said that the construction of this corridor, complimented by the military benefits for both China and Pakistan and an investment of 60 billion dollars, has all the ingredients to exacerbate the complexities of the Kashmir-Issue, threaten peace and secure China’s strategic interests by allowing it, to increase its illegitimate share in Jammu & Kashmir.