World community demands an end to India’s HR violations, Bilawal

ISLAMABAD: Foreign Minister Bilawal Bhutto Zardari said the international community must demand an end to India’s gross and widespread human rights violations in Indian Illegally Occupied Jammu and Kashmir, reversal of its unilateral and illegal actions of 5 August 2019, repeal of draconian laws and implementation of relevant UN Security Council resolutions on Jammu and Kashmir.

In a message on the occasion of Youm-e-Istehsal, he said Pakistan’s ultimate objective remained the peaceful resolution of the Jammu and Kashmir dispute in accordance with the relevant resolutions of the United Nations Security Council and wishes of the Kashmiri people.

“In this just cause, Pakistan will always remain in strong support and solidarity with our Kashmiri brethren till the full realization of their legitimate rights,” he added.
He said on August 5 2019, lndia took illegal and unilateral steps in the Indian Illegally Occupied Jammu and Kashmir (IIOJK) in a bid to change its internationally recognized disputed status and to alter the demographic structure of the occupied territory.

“Developments in the last three years have made it amply clear that India has been relentlessly pursuing its nefarious design of furthering demographic changes in IIOJK. It is doing so through repressive measures including outrageous gerrymandering to create Hindu-dominated constituencies at the expense of Muslim majorities, the issuance of millions of fake domicile certificates to non-Kashmiris, and modifying laws on ownership of land and property.”

These measures constitute nothing but an Indian attempt to obliterate the distinct Kashmiri identity in violation of the United Nations Security Council resolutions and international law, including the Geneva convention, he added.

He said the presence of 900,000 troops had turned IIOJK into the most militarized zone in the world. The human suffering of Kashmiris inflicted through extra-judicial killings, arbitrary detentions, incarceration of the true Kashmiri leadership, and harassment and other gross violations of human rights, were well-documented and had been condemned worldwide.

“More than 650 Kashmiris have been martyred since 5 August 2019, including over 130 in the year 2022 alone.”

Bilawal said India’s reprehensible treatment of Kashmiri journalists and human rights defenders had revealed that it would not hesitate to go to any extent for the perpetuation of its illegal occupation.