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Kashmir marks a year of losing autonomy under lockdown

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The people of Azerbaijan understand the problem of Pakistan's Kashmir very well because 20 per cent of their lands are under Armenian occupation. Our Azerbaijani brothers have lost Nagorno-Karabakh and seven surrounding regions, and the country has more than 1 million refugees and IDPs.

Axar.az reports that receiving the media representatives, Chargé d'Affaires of the Embassy of Pakistan in Azerbaijan Mr Naveed Anjum stated this during the conference.

He added that Azerbaijan's position on Karabakh has always been supported by Pakistan.

Chargé d'Affaires of the Embassy of Pakistan in Azerbaijan Mr Naveed Anjum conveyed the messages of the President and Prime Minister of Pakistan regarding the recent events in Kashmir to the journalists.

Today marks one year since India undertook illegal and unilateral actions in Indian Occupied Jammu & Kashmir in a bid to alter its internationally recognised disputed status and change the demographic structure.

Prime Minister Imran Khan on Wednesday expressed that Pakistan will always be with its brothers and sisters in the Indian Administered Kashmir until they get the right to self-determination through a free and impartial plebiscite under the United Nations as per the relevant UNSC Resolutions.

“Issuing a message on one year of unprecedented atrocities, genocide, blatant human rights violations and complete lockdown by Indian occupation forces in Kashmir, the premier said that the day marks 365 days of the unprecedented, inhuman military siege and communication blockade since India’s illegal and unilateral actions of 5 August 2019,” the Prime Minister`s message reads.

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 extrajudicially 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 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. As expected, 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. 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.

Mr Imran Khan said the UNSC has taken up the Kashmir issue multiple times since then.

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 a free and impartial plebiscite under the auspices of the United Nations as per the relevant UNSC Resolutions.”

Besides the Prime Minister, President Dr Arif Alvi also called on United Nations Security Council:
“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 Kashmir dispute with twelve months of uninterrupted and brutal military siege and crackdown. 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,” said the president.

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. 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.

Date
2020.08.05 / 15:28
Author
Rafiga Mammadzadeh
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