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Pak to continue political, moral, diplomatic help to Kashmiris: President

Arif Alvi

ISLAMABAD: President Dr Arif Alvi and Prime Minister Imran Khan have said that the Kashmir Solidary Day today offers an opportunity to pay tribute to the unparalleled commitment of the Kashmiris for the attainment of the legitimate right to self-determination.

The President said: “On this Day, the Government of Pakistan and its people demonstrate to our Kashmiri brothers and sisters and the world-at-large that we have not forgotten the long pending dispute of Jammu and Kashmir; and the struggle of the people of the Indian occupied Jammu and Kashmir (IoK) against woeful Indian occupation. Behind its false narrative of “killing militants”, India has been trying to justify its terrorism, but has failed miserably,” the President said on the occasion of Kashmir Solidarity Day being observed Tuesday today.

The President said that the indifference of the international community to these grave human rights atrocities by India raises doubts in the minds of the Kashmiris hinting at a double standard where every atrocity goes unpunished and every human rights violation uncondemned.

Dr Arif Alvi said it reduces the United Nations Human Rights Charter to mere verbal rhetoric. The Report of the UN Office of the High Commissioner of Human Rights is a turning point and a watershed moment for the Kashmiri community all over the world.

He said Pakistan supports proposals contained in the Report and calls for the expedited establishment of a Commission of Inquiry to look into the human rights situation in IoK as per the recommendations of the report. We reassure our Kashmiri brothers and sisters that we will remain consistent in our principled position on Kashmir.

He said the entire Pakistani nation stands with its Kashmiri brethren in their valiant struggle to achieve the legitimate right to self-determination. It is our firm belief that the Kashmiris will succeed in their struggle.

Meanwhile, Prime Minister Imran Khan has said the observance of the Kashmir Solidarity Day commemorates the strong and unflinching resolve of the Kashmiris to achieve the inalienable right to self-determination from Indian subjugation.

The Prime Minister, in a message on the Kashmir Solidarity Day being commemorated on February 5, said that such resolve of the Kashmiris had not weakened rather strengthened with every passing day and with each new act of Indian cruelty in the Indian Occupied Jammu and Kashmir (IoK).

He said seven decades had passed and the dispute of Jammu and Kashmir remained unresolved. He said the report of the Office of the High Commissioner for Human Rights (OHCHR) on Jammu and Kashmir echoed Pakistan’s repeated calls to the international community to take stock of India’s brutal use of pellet guns, indiscriminate firing, use of human shields and promulgation of the draconian Armed Force Special Powers Act (AFSPA) and Public Safety Act (PSA) that were making lives of the people in Indian Occupied Jammu and Kashmir a living hell.

“Ruthless killings, pellet injuries to children and infants, rapes and torture; Indian atrocities in Indian Occupied Jammu and Kashmir continue unabated and so does the spirit and courage of Kashmiris in their fight to achieve the legitimate right to self-determination,” he added.

The Prime Minister said Kashmiris had been fervently demanding an end to India’s illegitimate rule, spanning more than 70 long and bloody years.

He said since 1947, the number of tortures, molestation and killings perpetrated by the Indian occupation forces against innocent Kashmiris had become a case study in unprecedented violence.

The Prime Minister said thousands of innocent Kashmiris had been brutally tortured and extra-judicially killed during forced disappearances or illegal custody by the Indian occupation forces, which enjoyed full immunity under draconian laws. – NNI