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Pakistan rejects India’s false, untenable and self-serving comments on AJK elections

ISLAMABAD, Pakistan: Pakistan has categorically rejected the false, untenable and self-serving comments made by the Spokesperson of the Indian Ministry of External Affairs on the recently concluded elections in the Azad Jammu and Kashmir (AJK).

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The Indian Charge d’ Affaires was summoned to the Ministry of Foreign Affairs in Islamabad to convey Pakistan’s complete rejection of India’s sham protest and to reiterate Pakistan’s clear and consistent position on the Jammu and Kashmir dispute.

The Foreign Office Spokesperson Zahid Hafeez Chaudhri said that India cannot hide the fact that it is in illegal occupation of parts of Jammu and Kashmir.

To perpetuate its occupation of the Indian Illegally Occupied Jammu and Kashmir (IIOJK), India has committed horrendous human rights violations against innocent Kashmiris over the past seven decades, and particularly since August 5, 2019, the Spokesperson said.

“While the people of AJK enjoy the fruits of free and participatory electoral process, IIOJK bleeds under India’s illegal occupation,” Chaudhri said.

The Foreign Office Spokesperson said that the Jammu and Kashmir dispute between Pakistan and India has been on the agenda of the UN Security Council since 1948. It remains an internationally recognized dispute as affirmed by the relevant Security Council resolutions.

Chaudhri said that despite the solemn commitments made by the Indian government in numerous official communications to the UN Security Council, to Pakistan, to other States, and to the people of Jammu and Kashmir to abide by and implement the UN Security Council’s resolutions on Jammu and Kashmir, India has reneged on these commitments over the years.

The Spokesperson said that India’s illegal actions of August 5, 2019, seeking to unilaterally alter the internationally recognized disputed status of Jammu and Kashmir and India’s illegal steps to change the occupied territory’s demographic structure, contravene several UN Security Council resolutions.

Chaudhri said that the UN Security Council has clearly delineated the principle 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.

“India must immediately end its illegal occupation of parts of Jammu and Kashmir, stop its egregious violations of the human rights in IIOJK, and take steps for immediate and full implementation of the UNSC resolutions on the Jammu and Kashmir dispute,” the Spokesperson concluded.

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