Today the Government Pakistan and its people are commemorating Youm-e-Istehsal [Exploitation Day] to mark one year of revocation of Indian illegally occupied Jammu and Kashmir’s (IIOJ&K) special status and thereby reaffirming their commitment to Kashmir cause. Pakistan has always stood in solidarity with the Kashmiri people and their right to self-determination.
Pakistan has called upon the United Nations to implement its seuci5y Council Resolutions on Jammu & Kashmir Dispute, end the brutal military occupation of Indian armed forces in IIOJK, and respect the political aspirations of Kashmiri people by holding a plebiscite. Pakistan has also appealed to the global community and world leaders to stand up for the human and political rights of the Kashmiris as a part of their moral responsibility for peace and security in the region.
The struggle of the Kashmiri people is indigenous and has popular support against an illegal and brutal Indian military occupation. The 5th August decision by the extremist BJP government to change the internationally-recognized disputed status of IIOJK, is not only a violation of UNSC Resolutions, but also a blatant disregard of Kashmiris’ aspirations, and has further reinforced resistance in IIOJK.
India has detained more than 13,000 political leaders, lawyers, activist s and children as young as 7 & 8 years of age. Several homes have been destroyed during search and cordon operations which are used for fake encounters to murder young Kashmiris resisting Indian illegal occupation. Draconian laws such as Armed Forces Special Powers Act and Public Safety Act lend impunity to Indian security forces operating in IIOJK. To divert the attention from the grave human rights violations in IIOJK, India has also committed Ceasefire Line Violations (CFVs) targeting civilians, destroying crops and homes.
The Prime Minister of Pakistan has reiterated that Pakistan had always stood with the Kashmiris in their struggle for self-determination and would continue to stand with them in their “just struggle” till the Indian-occupied valley is fee from illegal occupation.
In a statement, the Foreign minister has stated that there had been ups and downs in the Kashmiris “exemplary struggle” from 1931 to 2020 but it has not “dampened their spirits”. He assured the Kashmiris that despite facing “problems and pain”, they were not alone. “Today, every child in Pakistan and all the political and defence leadership is standing with you in your struggle for self-determination and will continue standing with you until it is achieved.”.
August 05, 2020