Islamabad, February 05 (KMS): President Dr Arif Alvi and Prime Minister Imran Khan, in their separate messages on Kashmir Solidarity Day, have reassured Kashmiri brothers and sisters that Pakistan will remain consistent in its principled position on the Kashmir dispute.

President Dr Arif Alvi in his message said, the entire Pakistani nation stands with its Kashmiri brethren in their valiant struggle to achieve the legitimate right to self-determination. He said it is our firm belief that Kashmiris will succeed in their struggle.

“The entire Pakistani nation stands with its Kashmiri brethren in their valiant struggle to achieve the legitimate right to self-determination. It is our firm belief that Kashmiris will succeed in their struggle,” the President said.

Prime Minister Imran Khan in his message said that the ongoing freedom movement in occupied Kashmir was getting stronger and stronger with every passing day. He deplored that more than seven decades had passed but the Kashmir dispute remained unresolved.

The Prime Minister said that the report of the Office of the High Commissioner for Human Rights (OHCHR) on Jammu and Kashmir echoed Pakistan’s repeated calls to the international community to take stock of India’s brutal use of pellet guns, indiscriminate firing, use of human shields and repeal of the draconian Armed Force Special Powers Act (AFSPA) and Public Safety Act (PSA) that were making lives of the people in occupied Kashmir a living hell.

“Ruthless killings, pellet injuries to children and infants, rapes and torture; Indian atrocities in occupied Kashmir continue unabated and so does the spirit and courage of Kashmiris in their fight to achieve the legitimate right to self-determination,” he added.

Imran Khan said that the Kashmiris had been fervently demanding an end to India’s illegitimate rule, spanning more than 70 long and bloody years. He said since 1947, the number of tortures, molestation and killings perpetrated by the Indian occupational forces against innocent Kashmiris had become a case study in unprecedented violence.

The Prime Minister said that thousands of innocent Kashmiris had been brutally tortured and extra-judicially killed during forced disappearances or illegal custody by the Indian occupational forces, which enjoyed full immunity under draconian laws.

In his message on Kashmir Solidarity Day, Foreign Minister, Shah Mehmood Qureshi reaffirmed Pakistan’s unflinching support to the brave people of occupied Kashmir in their just and legitimate struggle for securing their right to self-determination. He said India’s consistent denial of this right recognized by the United Nations Security Council resolutions is a telling example of impunity. The human rights violations in occupied Kashmir are a blot on the conscience of humanity and demand immediate corrective action by the international community, he said.

The Foreign Minister said the reports on Kashmir by the Office of the UN High Commissioner for Human Rights and the UK’s All-Party Parliamentary Kashmir Group (APPKG) have lifted the veil off decades of obfuscation by India of massive human rights violations and unspeakable crimes against humanity in the occupied territory.

The foreign minister said Pakistan remains committed to finding a just and peaceful resolution of the long-pending Kashmir dispute. “Our principled position on the Jammu and Kashmir dispute is based on none other than the United Nations Security Council resolutions. These resolutions provide for the final disposition of Jammu and Kashmir dispute through a free and impartial plebiscite under the auspices of the United Nations,” he added.

Shah Mehmood Qureshi said Jammu and Kashmir is the core dispute between Pakistan and India. He said the dream of peace and prosperity of the people of this region will remain elusive without resolving this dispute in accordance with the aspirations of Kashmiri people. He said the world community should not forget its obligation towards the people of occupied Kashmir and understand that continued apathy to the sufferings of the Kashmiri people could have disastrous consequences not only for the region but potentially for the world at large.

Foreign Office Spokesperson, Dr Mohammad Faisal in a tweet said that millions of people across the world were protesting in different parts of the world including Athens, Rome and other cities to show solidarity with the Kashmiris. He said they are highlighting the human rights violations being committed by Indian troops in occupied Kashmir.


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