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Talk Programme on Jammu Kashmir Dispute : Past and Present

On the occasion of the Kashmir Solitary day, Pakistan Embassy organized a talk programme on “Jammu Kashmir Dispute : Past and Present”. The day is observed every year on February 5, in Pakistan and by Pakistanis all over the world to express their solidarity with the people of Jammu Kashmir in their struggle for the right of self determination.  The programme was attended by around forty writers, media men and analysts, as well as representatives of human rights organizations. Messages of the President, Prime Minister and Foreign Minister Pakistan on Kashmir Solidarity day were read out.

In his message, President Arif Alvi said that Pakistan will continue to raise the issue of Jammu Kashmir at every available forum. He added that India’s illegal actions of August 5 have further strengthened the bond between the people of Indian Occupied Jammu and Kashmir and Pakistan.

In his message, Prime Minister Imran Khan urged the international community to play its role in ensuring respect for the fundamental human rights and freedoms of the Kashmiri people.  Expressing Pakistan’s unshakable solidarity with the people of Indian Occupied Jammu and Kashmir, the Prime Minister said that “Pakistan will continue its full moral, political and diplomatic support until the Kashmiri people have realized their legitimate right to self-determination in accordance with the United Nations Charter and the relevant UN Security Council Resolutions”.

Foreign Minister Shah Mahmood Qureshi said that “the international community must do more to support the people of Occupied Jammu & Kashmir in this time of trial and tribulation”.

Speaking at the Talk Programme, Ambassador Mazhar Javed recollected the genesis of the dispute and the adoption of UN Security Council resolutions giving the people of Jammu and Kashmir their right to self determination. He also recounted the recent events following the revocation of Article 370 by India. He said that the peace and stability in the region would remain elusive till the Kashmir dispute was resolved in accordance with the wishes and aspirations of the people of Jammu and Kashmir.

The programme concluded with an elaborate Question-Answer session in which several journalists and analysts asked questions about the history, human rights dimension and the future of the disputed territory, to which the Ambassador responded. The participants thanked the Embassy for organizing the event…Kathmandu, 5 February 2020

Message from the Prime Minister of Pakistan on

Kashmir Solidarity Day

(5th February, 2020)

Today, we observe the Kashmir Solidarity Day to reaffirm our unflinching support for our Kashmiri brothers and sisters who have been subjected to an inhuman lockdown and communications blockade for six months now. The unprecedented length of these restrictions has fully exposed the ‘fiction’ of India’s democracy and its scant regard for basic human norms. The Kashmiris, the Muslim Ummah, Pakistan and the international community have rejected India’s travesty of law and justice. India has turned 8 million Kashmiris into prisoners in their own land through the deployment of over 900,000 occupation troops. History has few precedents of such suffocation and violation of the fundamental rights at this scale. Tens of thousands of innocent people have been arbitrarily detained and thousands of young boys abducted and incarcerated at undisclosed locations. This is a true manifestation of Indian stat-terrorism.

The international community, major human rights organizations and the international media have been unanimous in their condemnation of India’s unacceptable actions. India stands before the world, exposed as a majoritarian and authoritarian polity, tramping upon the basic rights and freedoms of the Kashmiri people. Pakistan demands immediate lifting of the military siege and communications blackout as well as rescinding of India’s illegal and unilateral actions. All those illegally arrested and incarcerated should be released and the draconian laws enabling impunity to Indian occupation forces be immediately repealed.

The international human rights and humanitarian organizations, as well as international media, should be allowed access to evaluate the human rights situation in the occupied territory. We urge the international community to play its role in ensuring respect for the fundamental human rights and freedoms of the Kashmiri people and averting grave risks to global peace and security posed by India’s belligerent rhetoric and aggressive action.

We express our unshakable solidarity with the people of Indian occupied Jammu and Kashmir and assure that Pakistan will always stand shoulder-to-shoulder with them. Pakistan will continue its full moral, political and diplomatic support until the Kashmiri people have realized their legitimate right of self-determination in accordance with the United Nations Charter and the relevant UN Security Council Resolutions.

 

Message by the Foreign Minister of Pakistan on Kashmir Solidarity Day

(5th February 2020)

 It is imperative to understand that when India undertook its illegal and unilateral actions of 5 August 2019, it not only violated the United Nations Security Council Resolutions on Jammu & Kashmir, international law as well as its own constitution; it in fact, also tried to extinguish the very identity of the Kashmiri people and the concept of ‘Kashmiriyat’.

 India hoped that by arbitrarily tampering with the demographic integrity of Indian occupied Jammu & Kashmir, it could dampen the spirit of the Kashmiri people or at the very least, make them compromise on their legitimate right to self-determination. On both counts, India has abjectly failed.

 The international community, the human rights organizations, international media and the civil society have all called India out on its tyranny. Protests have been held in nearly all major cities in support of the Kashmiri people. The United Nations and major world leaders have stood by the Kashmiris in condemning Indian actions and the United Nations Security Council has discussed the issue of Jammu & Kashmir three times during the past 6 months.

 The international community must do more to support the people of Occupied Jammu & Kashmir in this time of trial and tribulation. Each additional second on the lockdown clock is a burden on the world’s collective conscience. The international community must act in support of the fundamental freedoms and basic human rights of Kashmiris and urge India to allow the UN Fact Finding Mission to IOJ&K to ascertain the reports of grave human rights violations there. India must allow United Nations Military Observer Group in India and Pakistan (UNMOGIP) unhindered access to carry out its duties in IOJ&K. If India has nothing to hide, it must allow international media and civil society to visit and report on the human rights situation in IOJ&K.

In the end, let me reaffirm Pakistan’s unstinted political, diplomatic and moral support for the valiant Kashmiri people in their just struggle for human dignity and their inalienable right to self-determination in accordance with United Nations Security Council resolutions.

Islamabad

05 February, 2020

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