Pakistan pushes to awake world’s conscience on 100 days of Kashmir lockdown

ISLAMABAD, Pakistan: The Foreign Minister Shah Mahmood Qureshi has urged the International Community to step forward to help millions of Kashmiris get freed from the shackles of siege, the Indian forces have forced them to live under for last 100 days.

The military lockdown and restrictions in the Indian Occupied Jammu & Kashmir (IOJ&K) entered into the 100th consecutive day today following the August 5 Indian illegal decision to abrogate special status of valley.

In his message on 100 days of Kashmir lockdown, Shah Mahmood Qureshi said that the Modi government has held the eight million Kashmiris hostage for last 100 days.

Qureshi said that oppressed Kashmiris have been suffering from blatant brutality and inhumanity since August 5. He said that innocent children and women are being subjected to violence in IOJ&K.

The foreign minister said that Pakistan is opening the ‘Corridor of Love’ while India has put restrictions over offering Friday and Eid prayers in Occupied Kashmir. He said that the Kashmiris were even not allowed to take out processions of Muharram-ul-Haram and Eid Milad-un-Nabi (PBUHM).

Shah Mahmood Qureshi urged the International Community and Human Rights Organizations to play their due and proactive role to get the Kashmiri people rid of the Indian brutalities.

In addition, he reiterated that Pakistan will continue to extend legal, moral and diplomatic support to its Kashmiri brethren till realization of their right to self-determination in accordance with the United Nations resolutions.

Meanwhile in IOJ&K, restrictions under Section 144 and ban on prepaid phone, SMS and internet services remain enforced. The public transport is also unavailable.

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While as a mark of silent protest, the people in the Indian Occupied Kashmir continue to keep their shops closed except for a brief period in the morning and evening, and stay away from schools and offices.