ISLAMABAD - Reiterating moral, political and diplomatic support to the defenceless Kashmiris, Prime Minister Shahid Khaqan Abbasi called upon international community to pay heed to the miseries and sufferings of the Kashmiri people who are facing worst kind of atrocities at the hands of Indian occupation forces.

Premier Abbasi stressed the need for an independent, transparent and fair investigation into the blatant high rights violations under the aegis of United Nations. He further referred to Islamabad’s support to the proposal of the High Commissioner for Human Rights for sending a fact-finding mission to Jammu and Kashmir.

On his message on the eve of India’s occupation of Kashmir valley on this day (Oct. 27) in 1947, Prime Minister Shahid Khaqan Abbasi said: “October 27, 1947 was one of the darkest days of human history. This day marks a grave human tragedy in Indian occupied Jammu & Kashmir (IoK) when 69 years ago, Indian occupation forces landed in Srinagar to occupy, subjugate, oppress, and terrorise innocent Kashmiris. This pattern of brutalities continues with impunity even today. Despite commitments made by the early Indian leadership and numerous resolutions of the UN Security Council on Jammu & Kashmir, the Indian government has unleashed a reign of terror in Indian occupied Kashmir.” “The worst form of state terrorism is being perpetrated against the defenceless people of IoK to silence and crush their legitimate struggle, in complete disregard of international human rights and humanitarian laws,” he said.

“The entire Indian state machinery is involved in these crimes against humanity. There is a need for an independent, transparent and fair investigation into these human rights violations under the UN. Pakistan has supported the proposal of the High Commissioner for Human Rights for sending a Fact Finding Mission to Jammu and Kashmir. We reiterate our call and hope that the international community will pay heed to the miseries and sufferings of the Kashmiri people.”

Giving a glimpse of Indian brutalities, Prime Minister Abbasi said: “From July last year until the end of September 2017, Indian atrocities have resulted in the killings of over 460 innocent Kashmiris, injuring over 20,000 and deliberately blinding hundreds. Over 200 people have lost eyesight, while vision of thousands has been impaired. Over 7,000 Kashmiris have been arrested with their current status unknown, while scores of women have been raped and molested. These facts seek urgent attention of the international community. The denial of the right to self-determination for the last seven decades raises questions about the conscience of the international community and the United Nations.”

“India must honour commitments of its founding fathers and ensure implementation of the UN Security Council resolutions on Jammu & Kashmir for resolution of this longstanding dispute,” he added.

“We pay homage to the sacrifices of our brethren in IoK and reiterate our unflinching and steadfast moral, diplomatic and political support for the just cause of the people of Jammu & Kashmir. This support will continue till the realization of the lawful right to self-determination of the people of Jammu & Kashmir,” he concluded.

UN RESOLUTIONS ONLY SOLUTION: MALEEHA

APP adds from United Nationas: Reaffirming Pakistan's "resolute" support to Kashmiri people's struggle for freedom from the illegal Indian occupation, Ambassador Maleeha Lodhi said on Friday that a peaceful settlement of the Kashmir dispute was the "only pathway for lasting peace and stability in South Asia."

"The people of Pakistan are resolute in their abiding commitment and steadfast political, diplomatic and moral support to the legitimate cause of the Kashmiri people," Maleeha Lodhi, Pakistan's permanent representative to the UN, said in an interview with APP on the occasion of the 70th anniversary of India's massive invasion and occupation of Kashmir, known as "Black Day."

"Every day of brutal Indian occupation is a black day," she said in a voice charged with emotion.

"The story of Kashmir has been an unremitting tale of pain and suffering, for generations of Kashmiri men, women and children," the Pakistani envoy said.

"For the last 70 years, the people of Jammu and Kashmir have waited for fulfilment of the solemn pledge made to them by several UN Security Council resolutions to exercise their right to self-determination."

The Indian occupation had seen the worst form of State oppression, aimed to subdue the spirit of the people of Kashmir, where over 100,000 have become martyrs to the cause of freedom, she said.

During the ongoing wave of protests, Indian occupation forces deliberately targeted Kashmiri protesters with pellet guns, to maim and blind, as many of them as possible.

"India has thus gained the infamy of committing the first ‘mass blinding’ in human history," Maleeha Lodhi said.

"The recent large-scale and well-orchestrated incidents of braid-chopping in Occupied Kashmir, is yet another sinister attempt by the Indian occupation to violate the dignity and sanctity of women in the occupied territory."

At the same time, she said, that India continues to escalate the situation along the Line of Control, in order to deflect global attention from its atrocities in Occupied Jammu and Kashmir.

This year alone, India has committed over 1100 ceasefire violations, a three-fold increase from 2016, she added.

"We have warned India to desist from making any strategic miscalculation that could threaten regional peace and stability. While Pakistan has exercised maximum restraint, we are fully capable of responding to any provocation in a timely and effective manner."

Despite Indian tactics, the Pakistani envoy said, that the Kashmiri people were firm in their conviction that their quest for freedom cannot be suppressed through the barrel of a gun; their right to self-determination cannot be denied by any false pretense of sham elections; their indigenous struggle cannot be de-legitimised by blaming others.

"A peaceful settlement of the Kashmir dispute in accordance with the relevant UN Security Council Resolutions is both an imperative of justice, as well as the only pathway for lasting peace and stability in South Asia," Maleeha Lodhi added.

Meanwhile, a special meeting to discuss the Kashmir issue in all its aspects will be held on Sunday at the Pakistan Consulate General in New York to mark Black Day.

Members of Kashmiri and Pakistani communities in New York will attend the meeting, which is being hosted by Consul General Raja Ali Ejaz.

In a statement, Dr Ghulam Nabi Fai, Secretary General of the World Kashmir Awareness Forum, who is in Berlin, Germany, to participate in the 'Million Man March' said that the struggle for freedom from Indian occupation would continue until the goal was accomplished.

The March near the Berlin Wall was announced by Barrister Sultan Mehmood Chaudhry, a former Prime Minister of Azad Kashmir.  About the significance of the Berlin Wall, Fai said that the Kashmir ceasefire line also divides the land and the families. He warned that there are some quarters who were suggesting to convert the ceasefire line into an international border.

He warned that the proposals such as converting the ceasefire line into an international border were not only a non-solution but also a fallacy because it mocked the suffering, anguish and pain of the Kashmiris.

Fai said that India's attempt to legalise its illegality rests on a bogus 'Instrument of Accession' by a Maharaja that the ruler had no authority to sign.

Even Alaister Lamb, a British scholar, had convincingly demonstrated that the Instrument was bogus, he said.

An original of the instrument has never been found, and there was no plausible explanation for disappearance if an original had ever existed, he added.

Fai said that in their historic struggle for the self-determination, the people of Kashmir with poise, confidence and unity are taking their struggle to a new direction of non-violence and peaceful agitation.

In his statement, Sardar Sawar Khan, a former member of Azad Kashmir Council, said that a systematic campaign of terror had been launched against the people of Kashmir, with over 600 cases of pellet gun injuries.

A deliberate targeting of youth with the intent to crush the movement should be of grave concern to leaders of the civilized nations, including the UN, he said.

Sardar Sawar Khan stressed that Kashmir was a powder keg, and the issue could not be left to bilateral negotiations between India and Pakistan, a format that has proven sterile for more than 70 years. He added: "What is needed is outside mediation and an equal partnership negotiating role for the people for Kashmir represented by the AllParties Hurriyet Conference. That approach cut the Gordian knot in Northern Ireland, and it would seem equally promising if applied in Kashmir."