Pakistan rejects bifurcation of IOJ&K into two Union Territories

Kiani/Karrar – October 31, 2019

Pakistan has rejected the bifurcation of Indian Occupied Jammu and Kashmir into two Union Territories. 

Foreign Office spokesperson in a statement said changing of status quo in the Indian Occupied Jammu and Kashmir is in complete violation of the UN Security Council Resolutions and Bilateral Agreements between India and Pakistan, especially the Simla Agreement.

The spokesperson said the Indian occupied Jammu and Kashmir is an internationally recognized disputed territory. No step by India can change this. He said these changes are illegal and void as per the relevant UNSC Resolutions, and do not prejudice the right to self-determination of the people of Occupied Jammu and Kashmir.

The spokesperson said Pakistan would particularly underline that the measures announced by India on 5 August this year were forced upon the people of Indian Occupied Jammu and Kashmir through the barrel of gun by turning the region into a prison manned by over 900,000 Indian security forces.

The statement further said political leaders, civil society members, and common people including women and young children remain under illegal detention.

An iron curtain remains in place on more than 8 million Kashmiris snapping their communications with the outside world. Curfew remains imposed and movement of people restricted. Many people, especially women and children, are being continuously abused and tortured by Indian occupation forces.

The spokesperson said the illegal and unilateral changes effected by India are in no way an internal matter as the Jammu and Kashmir dispute remains on the agenda of the Security Council. Furthermore, contrary to the false projection by the Indian authorities, the purpose of these illegal changes in Indian occupied Jammu and Kashmir is neither development of the region nor welfare of the Kashmiri people. The real motive is to alter the demographic structure of the Muslim majority state in pursuance of the extremist Hindutva ideology.

The spokesperson urged the international community to take notice that transfer of civilian population from outside into held territory is in grave violation of the international laws, particularly the Fourth Geneva Convention.

He said people of Indian occupied Jammu and Kashmir will never accept the illegal and forceful occupation. The illegal unilateral actions taken by India would only further aggravate the human rights situation in the Occupied territory and threaten to destabilize the peace, security and stability of the South Asian region and the world.

The spokesperson called upon India to stop brutalizing the innocent Kashmiris who are suffering under its illegal occupation for the last seven decades. India should immediately withdraw its military forces from the region, remove draconian laws, restore basic human rights of the people, free all detainees, lift all restrictions on the free movement and communications, allow unimpeded and full access to the UN and other international human rights observers, including independent foreign media.

The statement expressed Pakistan’s commitment to continue to extend its full moral, political and diplomatic support to the suffering Kashmiri brothers and sisters until the realization of the inalienable right to self-determination, in accordance with UN Security Council resolutions.

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