Pak disapproves Indian remarks on Delhi-based diplomats’ visit to IIOJ&K

Pakistan, on Saturday disapproves the remarks of Indian Ministry of External Affairs (IMEA) on the recent visit of a delegate of Delhi-based diplomats to Indian Illegally Occupied Jammu and Kashmir (IIOJ&K)

In a statement on Saturday, said that it is emphasized that such guided tours to the occupied territory and meetings with specifically allocated people were withheld to create an ambiguous situation to divert attention from the human rights violations in Indian Illegally Occupied Jammu and Kashmir (IIOJ&K) and India’s illegal procedures to alter the demographic structure of the occupied territory.

He further stated that by UN Special Rapporteur on Minority issues and Special Rapporteur on freedom of religion and belief on the concluding day of this visit has rightly highlighted the Indian attempts to “alter the demographics of the region and undermine the minorities’ ability to exercise effectively their human rights”.

Moreover, he said no sham electoral exercise in Indian Illegally Occupied Jammu and Kashmir can substitute the UN Security Council mandated plebiscite under the UN auspices.

The UN representative said that India cannot even feign ‘normalcy’ with continuing military siege and restrictions on the fundamental freedoms of Kashmiri people. The people’s rights to assembly, free movement, freedom of expression and even to safety of life and property are routinely violated in the IIOJK with impunity. The talk of ‘inclusive development’ while hundreds of thousands of Kashmiris are being deprived of basic rights and economic opportunities is farcical.

He added that the country looks forward to international community to urge India to allow the Kashmiris exercise their violated right to self-determination as discussed in the recent UN Security Council resolutions.

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