Islamabad, August 05 : The President, Prime Minister and Foreign Minister of Pakistan in their messages on ‘Youm-e-Istehsal’ have said that August 5 marks the unprecedented, inhuman military siege and communication blockade since India’s illegal and unilateral actions of 5 August 2019 in occupied Kashmir.
In his separate message, President Dr Arif Alvi said, “Today marks one year since India undertook illegal and unilateral actions in Indian Illegally Occupied Jammu & Kashmir (IIOJK) in a bid to alter its internationally recognized disputed status and change its demographic structure. What has followed is the worst human rights situation in the history of the IIOJK dispute with twelve months of uninterrupted and brutal military siege and crackdown.”
He said that media blockades, extrajudicial killings in fake ‘encounters’, and restrictions on fundamental freedoms have been used to try to break the will of the Kashmiri people, while Indian attempts to change their distinct identity continue unabated.
“Through its illegal and unilateral actions of 5 August 2019 and illegitimate domicile laws, India is in direct contravention of the relevant United Nations Security Council (UNSC) Resolutions and international law, including the 4th Geneva Convention,” he added.
Dr Alvi said that the world community has denounced the illegal Indian actions and the worst human rights violations in IIOJK. “India stands exposed before the international community as its ‘Hindutva’ agenda continues to unfold and usurp the fundamental rights of the Kashmiris and political and religious freedoms of the minorities.
“Pakistan expects that the Indian Illegally Occupied Jammu & Kashmir dispute will get the focus it merits from the international community. Pakistan will continue to raise the issue of IIOJK at every available forum until the Kashmiri people get their legitimate right to self-determination as recognized by the United Nations Security Council Resolutions and as per the wishes of the Kashmiri people,” he added.
Prime Minister Imran Khan in his message said the year-long military siege is a crime against humanity that has destroyed lives, crippled livelihoods, and imperilled the very identity of the people of Indian Illegally Occupied Jammu & Kashmir (IIOJK).
“Eight million Kashmiris have been made prisoners in their own homes. Their communication with the outside world has been deliberately revoked to hide the scale of human rights violations being perpetrated against them by the Indian occupation forces. Young men are being extra-judicially martyred in “fake encounters” and so-called “cordon and search” operations, almost on a daily basis, while the real Kashmiri political leadership remains incarcerated,” the prime minister said.
Imran Khan said that the extremist and expansionist BJP-RSS combine, represented by the current Indian Government, is unabashedly pushing the ‘Hindutva’ agenda. “It is seeking to change the demographic structure of the region and turn its Muslim majority into a minority in blatant violation of relevant UN Security Council Resolutions and international laws, particularly the 4th Geneva Convention,” he added.
As expected, the Prime Minister said the Kashmiris have rejected these illegal ‘engagements in deception’, and so has Pakistan. Parliamentarians, journalists, humanitarian workers, international human rights organizations and members of the international community have also raised their voices on the continuing gross human rights violations in IIOJK. India stands exposed before the world, yet again, as an oppressor and aggressor. “Its so-called secular and democratic credentials stand fully discredited. For the sake of the besieged people of IIOJK, and for the sake of fairness, justice and human dignity, it is imperative that the international community steps in immediately and backs its words of condemnation with practical steps that will force India to reverse its present course against the Kashmiri people. Let me be absolutely clear: Pakistan will always be with its brothers and sisters in IIOJK,” the prime minister said.
“We will never accept, and neither will the Kashmiris, the illegal Indian actions and oppression of the Kashmiri people. India has already failed in keeping the voices of the Kashmiri people from reaching the international community. Now India will fail in forcing its majoritarian, ‘Hindutva’ mindset on a people unwilling to compromise on their just rights and fundamental freedoms. India must realize that martyrdom of each Kashmiri and the burning and destruction of each Kashmiri house will only further strengthen the Kashmiris’ resolve for freedom from Indian occupation. Throughout the Kashmiris’ struggle, Pakistan will stand shoulder-to-shoulder with its Kashmiri brethren until they realize their inalienable right to self-determination through free and impartial plebiscite under the auspices of the United Nations as per the relevant UNSC Resolutions,” the prime minister concluded.
Foreign Minister Shah Mahmood Qureshi in his message said “One year ago, the Indian Government undertook illegal and unilateral actions to perpetuate its occupation of Indian Illegally Occupied Jammu & Kashmir (IIOJK) and further dis-empower and disenfranchise the Kashmiri people.”
He said that the illegal Indian actions were also aimed at changing the demographic structure of IIOJK to fulfil the RSS-BJP ‘Hindutva’ agenda in violation of the United Nations Security Council Resolutions and international law, particularly the 4th Geneva Convention.
“The BJP regime believed that: the world would not notice this mutilation of justice; over 900,000 Indian occupation force will silence the Kashmiris through brutalization; and that Pakistan will accept the new status quo. On all counts, India has been proven wrong. The international community, human rights organizations, media and civil society have been vocal in their condemnation of India’s unconcealed absolutism. Parliamentarians of major world powers have written to their leadership and moved resolutions condemning India’s actions. Major world leaders have stood by the Kashmiris, the United Nations Special Mandate Holders have called out the Indian Government on its anti-minority policies, and the United Nations Security Council (UNSC) has discussed the issue of Indian Illegally Occupied Jammu & Kashmir (IIOJK) three times during the past one year after a gap of more than 55 years.”
He called upon the international community to do more and back its words with concrete actions for the innocent Kashmiri people who have been subjected to arbitrary arrests, detentions, torture, corporal punishment, extra-judicial killings, digital lockdown and a military siege in Indian Illegally Occupied Jammu & Kashmir (IIOJK) for over twelve months. “For a large part of the global population, to continue to have faith in international justice, it is imperative that India is held accountable for its unconscionable actions since 5 August 2019. The world community must press India to revoke all draconian laws, allow neutral observers, international human rights and humanitarian organisations and the international media to visit the occupied region to ascertain the condition of the Kashmiri people, and let the Kashmiris exercise their right to self-determination in accordance with the relevant UNSC Resolutions,” he added.
In the end, he reiterated that Pakistan will continue its unstinted support for the Kashmiri people until the achievement of their legitimate right to self-determination in accordance with the UNSC Resolutions and as per the wishes of the Kashmiri people.