ISLAMABAD, Pakistan: President Dr. Arif Alvi has paid glowing tribute to the people of Indian Illegally Occupied Jammu and Kashmir (IIOJK) for their remarkable courage, strength, and resilience despite facing the horrendous scale of Indian atrocities.
“I would like to assure my Kashmiri brothers and sisters, that we honour their sacrifices and salute their indomitable spirit as we observe this Black Day,” the president said in his message on the Kashmir Black Day being observed on Tuesday.
The president said that on this day 73 years ago, the Indian security forces landed in Srinagar to illegally occupy the territory and subjugate the people of Jammu and Kashmir in clear violation of international law and humanitarian norms.
Dr. Arif Alvi said that on August 5, 2019, India moved to alter the disputed status of IIOJK and change its demographic structure.
President Arif Alvi said that the illegal and unilateral Indian actions have been rejected by the Kashmiri people, by Pakistan, and by the International Community for being in violation of the international law, relevant United Nations Security Council (UNSC) resolutions, and India’s own solemn commitments made bilaterally to Pakistan as well as to the people of occupied Jammu & Kashmir.
For more than a year now, Kashmiris have been prisoners in their own homes, aliens in their own land, and unable to walk freely on their own streets, he said.
The president said that over 900,000 Indian occupation forces, holding eight million Kashmiris, have turned the occupied territory into the world’s largest open prison.
President Arif Alvi said that India’s inhuman military siege, continued blockade, continuing torture and brutal repression and attempts to change the demographic structure of the occupied territory, have shown the real face of the ‘Hindutva’- driven RSS-BJP regime and its extremist designs.
Moreover, he said that the international media and human rights organizations continue to document the tragedy of Kashmir as it goes on unfolding.
The president said that though Kashmiris have been facing the worst form of Indian state terrorism since decades but they have proved that India cannot break their will with the use of brute force.
President Arif Alvi once again re-affirmed Pakistan’s unflinching support to the people of IIOJK in their just struggle.
“This support and solidarity will continue until the Kashmiris achieve their legitimate right to self-determination as enshrined in the international law, United Nations Charter and the relevant UN Security Council Resolutions,” he said.