NEW YORK: The seventy-first session of the UN General Assembly begins on Tuesday at New York.

The opening of the session will be followed by a high-level plenary meeting of the General Assembly on addressing large movements of refugees and migrants on next Monday.

During the meeting, the world leaders are expected to consider the causes and consequences of large movements of people.

The Assembly's annual general debate will start on 20th of this month and conclude within a week. During the debate, the Heads of State and Government and other senior national representatives will present their views about pressing world issues.

Prime Minister Muhammad Nawaz Sharif is expected to lead the Pakistani delegation in the session.

Prime Minister Nawaz Sharif is expected to lead the Pakistani delegation to the UN General Assembly session and raise the issue of atrocities being committed by Indian forces in occupied Kashmir.

According to Foreign Office Spokesman Nafees Zakaria, the prime minister strongly pleaded the cause of Kashmir during General Assembly session last year and he would raise the issue again.

He said the UN Secretary General and most of the UN members have already been informed about the precarious situation in occupied Kashmir.

The spokesman said it is time India is reminded by UN and international community to ensure realization of the right of self-determination of people of Jammu and Kashmir as per Security Council resolutions. He said the issue is outstanding on the Security Council agenda for six decades.

He expressed concern that for 40 consecutive days blatant violations of human rights are being committed by Indian occupation forces in Kashmir. “Over 80 Kashmiris were martyred, over 100 have lost their eye-sight due to pellet guns fire and thousands others injured by Indian forces,” he added.

To a question, Zakaria said Pakistan has invited India for dialogue on Kashmir in view of grave situation in the occupied valley and for the sake of regional peace.

Asked about reports in Indian media about New Delhi attaching conditions for dialogue, the spokesman said Pakistan wants to focus on Kashmir.

When his attention was drawn to Indian Prime Minister’s intrusive remarks on Balochistan, the Foreign Office spokesperson said the comments are violations of the UN Charter.

He referred to the statements of Advisor on Foreign Affairs and the Special Assistant Foreign Affairs who pointed out that this is reflective of Indian state involvement in sponsoring and financing terrorism in Balochistan and his remarks amount to crossing the red-lines.

He said by mentioning Balochistan, the Indian Prime Minister has tried to deflect attention from what is happening in Occupied Kashmir.

About reports that India raised CPEC with China, the spokesman said both China and Pakistan have said time and again that it is a project aimed at economic development of not only the two countries but the entire region. He said objection of India to such a beneficial economic project is beyond comprehension.

To another question, he said Pakistan has invited all SAARC member countries for the forthcoming SAARC Finance Ministers’ conference in Islamabad. He said confirmation from India is awaited.

Nafess Zakaria said Foreign Secretary Aizaz Ahmad Chaudhry is in Germany for regular bilateral political consultations.

About Syrian conflict, he said Pakistan’s position is based on neutrality, impartiality and respect for Syrian independence, unity, solidarity and territorial integrity.