PAKISTAN LEADERSHIP REITERATES UNFLINCHING SUPPORT FOR KASHMIR




The leadership of Pakistan in their separate messages on the occasion of Kashmir Solidarity Day has reiterated its unflinching moral, political and diplomatic support to the Kashmiri people. Kashmir Solidarity Day will be observed throughout Pakistan, Azad Jammu & Kashmir and across the world with fervour on 5th February. The day is observed to not only support the Kashmiris’ right for a fair and impartial right of self-determination but to eulogize their sacrifices they are making every day by bearing brutality of the occupying Indian security forces.

The President of Pakistan Mr. Mamnoon Hussain in his message said:

“The Government and the people of Pakistan reaffirm their continued and resolute moral, diplomatic and political support to the oppressed people of Indian occupied Jammu and Kashmir (IoK) in their valiant struggle for the fundamental right to self-determination. India continues, not only, to deny the people of Jammu and Kashmir the right to self-determination for the last seven decades, but is also subjecting them to the worst human rights violations, violence and oppression.

During this indigenous and historic struggle, the courageous and determined people of IoK have rendered unparalleled and unimaginable sacrifices. Atrocities by Indian occupation forces in the last six months have resulted in more than 120 deaths and 20,000 injured, many in critical condition. More than 1,000 have sustained severe eye injuries due to pellet shots by the Indian occupation forces, while at least 150, including women and children, are now permanently blind. However, the Indian state terrorism has failed to deter the people of IoK from their struggle for freedom from Indian oppression.

Pakistan calls upon the international community to be cognizant of its responsibilities in the matter and urges it to demand an independent investigation in the ongoing gross human rights violations in IoK by Indian occupation forces and to fulfil its obligations under UN Security Council resolutions of Kashmir.

The Jammu and Kashmir dispute remains an unfinished agenda of Partition. It is one of the oldest disputes pending on the agenda of the United Nations Security Council, Jammu and Kashmir is the core dispute between India and Pakistan and the dream for peace in the region will remain elusive until resolution of this dispute in accordance with the aspirations of the people of Jammu and Kashmir. More than 1.5 billion people of this region deserve to see the dawn of peace and prosperity which has been denied to them by India’s refusal to implement the UN Security Council resolutions.”

Prime Minister of Pakistan Mr. Muhammad Nawaz Sharif in his message said:

“For the last seven decades India has denied the valiant people of Indian Occupied Jammu and Kashmir the right to self-determination promised to them by the international community through numerous UN Security Council resolutions. The people of Pakistan join their Kashmiri brothers and sisters in observing Kashmir Solidarity Day today to reaffirm our moral, diplomatic and political support to the legitimate struggle of the Kashmiri people for their basic human rights, especially the right to self determination enshrined in the relevant UN Security Council resolutions.

The Jammu & Kashmir dispute is the unfinished agenda of Partition and remains one of the oldest disputes in the UN Security Council. Pakistan strongly condemns the systemic state terrorism and brutal killings of the innocent people of IoK by Indian occupation forces. Use of pellet guns has permanently blinded more than 150 people including women and young children. The basic human rights of the innocent people of IoK, including the right to life and peaceful assembly have been grossly violated by Indian occupation forces. Senior Hurriyat leadership has been arrested or placed under house detention. Within the last few months, around 12,000 people were illegally detained without any charges.

The valiant, resolute and determined people of Indian Occupied Jammu & Kashmir have rendered unmatched sacrifices in their just struggle. However, all the Indian brutalities have failed to deter the people of IoK from their cause for freedom from Indian subjugation. The people of Pakistan and the international community have utmost respect for the people of Indian occupied Jammu & Kashmir for their unparalleled courage, bravery and persistence in facing the worst kind of state terrorism, human rights abuses, violence and suppression by the Indian state. I salute the sacrifices of the brave and courageous Kashmiri people and reaffirm our firm commitment to Pakistan’s principled stance on Jammu and Kashmir.

Pakistan calls upon the international community to raise its voice in seeking an end to the gross violations of human rights and the reign of terror unleashed by Indian occupation forces in IoK and fulfill the promises it made with the people of Jammu & Kashmir 70 years ago.

Jammu & Kashmir is the core dispute between Pakistan and India. The dream of peace and prosperity of the people of this region will remain elusive without resolving this dispute in accordance with the UN Security Council resolutions. We urge India to stop bloodbath in occupied Jammu & Kashmir and allow the holding of free and fair plebiscite under the UN auspices.”

Abdul Akbar

Press Attache Embassy of Pakistan