Pakistan denounces India’s decision to ban Kashmiri political parties

Foreign OfficePakistan denounces India’s decision to ban Kashmiri political parties

ISLAMABAD, Pakistan: Pakistan has denounced the decision by the Indian authorities to ban the Muslim Conference Jammu and Kashmir (Bhat faction), and Muslim Conference Jammu and Kashmir (Sumji faction) while extending the current ban on the Jamaat-e-Islami, Jammu Kashmir for five more years.

With this decision, a total of eight Kashmiri political parties have been outlawed in Indian Illegally Occupied Jammu and Kashmir (IIOJK). Their leadership and cadres are also facing persecution.

   

“These oppressive measures reflect a vicious intent by India to stifle dissent and freedom of expression in IIOJK in complete disregard for international human rights and humanitarian law,” said the Spokesperson of the Ministry of Foreign Affairs Ambassador Mumtaz Zahra Baloch in her weekly media briefing in Islamabad on Friday.

The Spokesperson said that India should immediately lift the curbs on the banned Kashmiri parties; release all political prisoners and dissenters; and forthwith implement the UN Security Council resolutions on Jammu and Kashmir.

“Pakistan will continue to extend political, diplomatic and moral support to our Kashmiri brothers and sisters for the just and peaceful settlement of the Jammu and Kashmir dispute in accordance with the UN Security Council Resolutions,” she remarked.

Ambassador Mumtaz Zahra Baloch also said that Pakistan strongly condemns yesterday’s massacre by Israel’s occupation forces of unarmed Palestinians, who were awaiting life-saving aid and food delivery in Gaza.

“This massacre demonstrates a blatant disregard for civility and international humanitarian law and Israel’s deliberate and inhumane policy of mass starvation,” she said.

The Spokesperson said that Pakistan reiterates its call for an immediate and urgent ceasefire, lifting of the inhumane siege and unimpeded access of humanitarian aid to the people of Gaza. Israel must also face justice for its crimes against humanity being perpetrated with impunity against the Palestinian people.

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