The demand was made by Foreign Office Spokesperson Asim Iftikhar Ahmad on occasion of martyrdom anniversaries of Shaheed Mirwaiz Molvi Mohammad Farooq and Shaheed Abdul Ghani Lone, who were martyred by Indian Occupation Forces on 21 May 1990 and 21 May 2002 respectively.
Paying homage to both the leaders from Government and people of Pakistan, the spokesperson said on this somber day, we also remember the sacrifice of the victims of Hawal massacre in which 70 innocent Kashmiris carrying the coffin of Mirwaiz Molvi Muhammad Farooq were indiscriminately fired upon and martyred by the Indian forces.
He said Pakistan salutes the courage of Mirwaiz Molvi Mohammad Farooq, Abdul Ghani Lone and countless other Kashmiri martyrs, who have laid down their lives in the pursuit of freedom from India’s illegal occupation.
He further said the lack of accountability for the gruesome murder of the innocent Kashmiris and their leaders has been a festering injustice and a chilling example of the brazen impunity which defines the deplorable human rights situation in the IIOJK.
“Regrettably, the nefarious Indian campaign of persecution of Kashmiri people and their leaders has not abated. India’s shameless persecution of the true representatives of the Kashmiri people, as manifested by the recent conviction of Mr. Yasin Malik in fictitious cases, continues at an alarming rate, he added.
The FO Spokesperson called upon the international community, international human rights organizations and particularly the United Nations and its human rights machinery to take cognizance of the dire humanitarian situation in IIOJK, hold India accountable for its reprehensible conduct and ensure a just resolution of the Jammu and Kashmir dispute in line with the relevant UN Security Council resolutions and the wishes of the Kashmiri people.
It is pertinent to mention that Kashmiris on both sides of the Line of Control (LoC) commemorated the significant contributions of these iconic Kashmiri leaders to the struggle for self-determination, on their death anniversaries.
A shutdown was observed in the Indian Illegally Occupied Jammu and Kashmir (IIOJK) on Saturday on the call of the All Parties Hurriyat Conference (APHC) to mark the solemn occasion.