‘India failed to fulfil any commitment on Kashmir’

ISLAMABAD – Foreign Minister Shah Mehmood Qureshi said yesterday that India is drunk with power but will not be able to silence the Kashmiris.

Speaking to journalists here, he said India was doomed to fail in its attempt to amend the historic identity of Jammu and Kashmir, as the voices of oppressed Kashmiris were growing stronger with time.

The FM said India would have to reverse its illegal acts of August 5, 2019 where it had deprived the Kashmiris of their special status. He said India should not be allowed to crush the Kahsmiris.

“Besides Occupied Kashmir, the voices from within India had started emerging against their government for pursuing the policies of violence in the Valley,” he added.

FM Qureshi said today’s India was contradictory to the spirit of secularism and democracy as envisioned by its own leader Mahatama Gandhi.

He paid tribute to Kashmiris for their relentless struggle and undeterred commitment towards realizing the goal of self-determination.

Qureshi pointed out that India was shying away from implementing the resolutions of the United Nations Security Council as it knew that Kashmiris would not support the oppressive government.

Qureshi says India is power drunk

He said India’s refusal to allow the visit of international media persons to Occupied Kashmir was in violation of the norms of democracy.

Foreign Minister also apprised the UN Security Council and UN Secretary General regarding the illegal, unilateral and draconian measures imposed by India in held Kashmir 

“Pakistan desires peace with India but not at the expense of Kashmiris,” he said.

In his letter, the Foreign Minister has drawn attention to the blatant measures taken by India on 5 August 2019 to consolidate its occupation of the disputed territory, followed by additional unlawful steps to strengthen its colonial hold over IIOJK. These additional steps include illegal changes to the demographic structure and electoral boundaries in the occupied territory, aimed at further marginalisation of Kashmiri Muslims to suppress their demand for freedom from Indian occupation and repression.

The Foreign Minister has categorically rejected all unilateral measures initiated by India in IIOJK, including the illegal measures announced by it on and after 5 August 2019, as well as any further unlawful steps that may be imposed in the future. The Foreign Minister has underlined that all such measures by India in IIOJK are violations of international law, including the UNSC resolutions and 4th Geneva Convention, and, are ipso facto, legally and materially, null and void.

The letter highlights that, in order to suppress the people in IIOJK, India has deployed 900,000 security personnel; enforced the most extended curfew and lockdowns; imprisoned the Kashmiri political leadership; illegally detained 15,000 Kashmiri youth; tortured and extra-judicially killed young boys; put down peaceful protests violently, including by the use of pellet guns; and imposed collective punishments by demolishing and burning entire neighbourhoods and villages.

Noting India’s active planning as well as promotion and financing of terrorist activities against Pakistan from across the borders, including the recent bombing in Lahore, the Foreign Minister has urged the Security Council to demand that India halt its terrorist and subversive campaign against Pakistan.

Recalling that a just settlement of the Jammu and Kashmir dispute in accordance with relevant UNSC resolutions and the wishes of the Kashmiri people is essential for sustainable peace in South Asia, the Foreign Minister has emphasized that the onus remains on India to create a conducive environment for engagement and result-oriented dialogue. To create such an environment, India must reverse all unilateral and illegal measures imposed in IIOJK, including those initiated on and after 5 August 2019; rescind the demographic changes initiated in IIOJK; and halt its oppression and human rights violations in IIOJK.

In addition to urging the UNSC to demand that India take these measures, the Foreign Minister has also called upon the Security Council to fulfil its obligation to ensure the full implementation of its resolutions guaranteeing the exercise of Kashmiris’ right to self-determination.

This latest letter from the Foreign Minister is in continuation of Pakistan’s regular communications since August 2019 to keep the United Nations fully apprised of the grave situation in IIOJK, and to remind the Security Council of its responsibility to secure a peaceful and just settlement of the Jammu and Kashmir dispute in accordance with its resolutions.

Earlier, addressing a seminar in Islamabad, FM Qureshi said the world community must exhort India to treat Kashmiris like human beings. He said India should rescind its unilateral steps and all related instruments of oppression and state terrorism in the illegally occupied Jammu and Kashmir.

The Foreign Minister urged India to respect the UN Security Council resolutions and let the Kashmiri people exercise their right to self-determination. This, he said, will unlock the potential of South Asia. He said Pakistan will continue to lend moral, political and diplomatic support to Kashmiri people.

Meanwhile, Foreign Minister Shah Mehmood Qureshi said yesterday that India had failed to fulfil any commitment on Kashmir. 

In a message on Youm-e-Istehsal to be observed today (August 5), he said: “On this day today, marking twenty-four months since India’s illegal and unilateral actions of 5 August 2019, we honour sacrifices of Kashmiris and salute their indomitable spirit in their just struggle for inalienable right to self-determination.”

He added: “In violation of the United Nations Security Council Resolutions on Jammu and Kashmir and of international law, India tried to obliterate the distinct identity of the Kashmiri people. India hoped that by attempting to alter demographic structure of Indian Illegally occupied Jammu & Kashmir, it could dampen the spirit of the Kashmiri people or at the very least, make them compromise on their legitimate right to self-determination. On both counts, India has abjectly failed. These steps were forcefully rejected by Pakistan, the Kashmiris, and the international community.”

FM Qureshi said the unabated Indian repression including  extra-judicial killings of innocent Kashmiris, unprecedented restrictions on freedom of speech,  fake encounters, cordon-and-search operations, custodial torture and deaths, enforced disappearances, incarceration of Kashmiri leadership and youth, use of pellet guns, destruction and burning of houses, and other methods of subjugation  have miserably failed to shake the resolve of the Kashmiri people.

“The Jammu and Kashmir dispute between India and Pakistan has been on the agenda of UN Security Council since 1948. It remains an internationally recognized dispute, the solution of which is firmly anchored in the relevant UN Security Council resolutions in accordance with UN Charter and the wishes of the people of Kashmir,” he said.

Regrettably, he said, India had not fulfilled its commitments to the UN Security Council, Pakistan, international community and the Kashmiri people.

“The international community, human rights organizations, international media and the civil society have called India out on its tyranny in the region. World leaders and Parliamentarians have expressed concern and shown their support for the Kashmiris,” the FM added.

He said more than 1.5 billion people of the region deserve to see the dawn of peace and prosperity which has been held hostage to the gross and systematic violations of human rights in IIOJK.

“Pakistan calls upon the international community to hold India accountable for its crimes against Kashmiris and demand that India reverses its illegal and unilateral actions of 5 August 2019, revoke draconian laws, cease all human rights violations, and stop its state-terrorism against the people of IIOJK,” he said.

The FM further said: “We express complete solidarity with the people of IIOJK and assure our Kashmiri brothers and sisters that the Government and people of Pakistan stand united with them. Pakistan will not relent in its support until the Kashmiris realize their legitimate right to self-determination in accordance with the United Nations Security Council resolutions.”

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