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Pakistan reiterates resolve to stand by Kashmiri people

Foreign Office Spokesperson Asim Iftikhar Ahmad

ISLAMABAD, Pakistan: The Kashmir Solidarity Day will be observed all over the Country on Saturday to reiterate Pakistan’s resolve to stand by the Kashmiri people and to continue to extend all possible support to them till the realization of their right to self-determination.

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In his opening remarks at his weekly media briefing in Islamabad on Friday, the Spokesperson of the Ministry of Foreign Affairs Asim Iftikhar Ahmad said that Pakistan remains deeply concerned about the worsening human rights and security situation in the Indian Illegally Occupied Jammu and Kashmir (IIOJK), which continues to be under military and police siege.

The Spokesperson said that extra-judicial killings of innocent Kashmiris continue with impunity, adding that hardly a day passes without any news of a fake encounter or a so-called cordon-and-search operation by the Indian occupation forces.

Since January 1, 2022, at least 24 Kashmiris have been martyred in this unabated reign of terror, he added.

The Spokesperson said that Pakistan salutes the resilience of the Kashmiri people who continue to stand firm in their just and peaceful struggle for their legitimate right to self-determination as pledged to them by the relevant UN Security Council resolutions.

Asim Iftikhar said that the Jammu and Kashmir issue is an internationally recognized dispute on the agenda of the UN Security Council whose numerous resolutions stipulate that the final disposition of the State of Jammu and Kashmir will be made in accordance with the will of the people expressed through the democratic method of a free and impartial plebiscite conducted under the auspices of the United Nations.

Therefore, he reiterated that the international community must take cognizance of the plight of Kashmiris, hold India to account for its widespread brutalities and human rights violations in IIOJK, and play its due role for resolution of the Jammu and Kashmir dispute in accordance with the relevant UN Security Council resolutions and the wishes of the Kashmiri people.

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