ISLAMABAD, Pakistan: President Dr. Arif Alvi has said that the key to durable peace in South Asia is the resolution of the Jammu and Kashmir dispute in accordance with the relevant UN Security Council resolutions and the wishes of the Kashmiri people.
In his message on Kashmir Solidarity Day, the president said that Pakistan calls upon the International Community to hold India accountable for all its misdeeds and crimes against humanity in Indian Illegally Occupied Jammu and Kashmir (IIOJK).
“India must rescind its unilateral and illegal actions and stop implementing the RSS-inspired ‘Hindutva’ agenda in IIOJK that is detrimental to peace and security in the region,” the president said.
The president also reiterated that Pakistan remains in full support and solidarity with its Kashmiri brothers and sisters.
“We will continue to extend all–out support to the Kashmiris till the realization of their unalienable rights to self-determination,” he said.
President Arif Alvi said that more than a year-and-a-half has passed since August 5, 2019 when India took unilateral and illegal actions aimed at altering the internationally recognized disputed status of IIOJK and changing the demographic structure of the occupied territory.
The president said that self-determination is one of the fundamental rights codified in all major human rights instruments as well as the United Nations Charter. He added that the denial of this right and subjugation of Kashmiris in IIOJK is the very negation of human dignity.
Furthermore, he said that the Jammu and Kashmir dispute is one of the oldest items on the agenda of the UN Security Council. He said that the dispute remains unresolved due to India’s obstinate refusal to honour its commitments and its disrespect for fundamental human rights and international law.
The president that the Indian Occupation Forces continue oppression and brutalization of innocent Kashmiris through an inhuman military siege, communications blockade, cordon-and-search-operations, fake “encounters”, extra-judicial killings of Kashmiri youth, use of pellet guns, and collective punishment of entire communities and neighbourhoods.
“The draconian laws in place in IIOJK provide complete impunity to the occupation forces as they commit egregious violations of human rights,” he said.
The president further said that the demographic apartheid in IIOJK by the Indian Occupation Forces is a further violation of international law wherein the Kashmiris majority is being turned into a minority in its own land.
President Arif Alvi noted that these measures are a constant reminder to the world community of India’s State-terrorism—being perpetrated day in and day out against innocent Kashmiri men, women, and children.