The Foreign Office (FO) on Saturday said that the New York State Assembly’s decision to adopt a resolution marking Feb 5, 2021, as “Kashmir-American Day” was a “welcome development” and proof that India cannot hide “its gross and systemic violations of human rights of the Kashmiri people anymore”.
“The resolution appreciates the courage and perseverance of the Kashmiri people and recognises their unique cultural and religious identity. It also underscores that ‘the State of New York endeavours to champion human rights including the freedom of religion, movement, and expression for all Kashmiri people’,” said FO spokesman Zahid Hafeez Chaudri.
“The resolution is yet another manifestation of continuing international support to the Kashmiri people in the just struggle for their inalienable right to self-determination, as enshrined in the relevant UN Security Council resolutions. It is also proof that India cannot hide its gross and systemic violations of human rights of the Kashmiri people any more.”