APHC-AJK presents memorandum addressed to UN chief » Kashmir Media Service

Islamabad, August 16 (KMS): The All Parties Hurriyat Conference Azad Jammu and Kashmir (APHC-AJK) chapter, today, held a demonstration outside the UN Observer Office in Islamabad urging the United Nations Security Council to take steps for granting the Kashmiris their inalienable right to self-determination.

During the demonstration a memorandum addressed to the UN Secretary General was presented to the office. The demonstration was organized as the UNSC is holding a special meeting to discuss the Kashmir dispute, today. The memorandum strongly denounced the unprovoked firing of Indian troops on civilian population along the Line of Control in Azad Jammu and Kashmir.

The speakers on the occasion expressed concern over the increasing Indian atrocities, illegal detentions and imposition of continued curfew by India in occupied Kashmir. They warned the Indian government to desist from suppressing the people of the territory through military might and other oppressive tactics. They said that New Delhi must realize the fact that it would not be able to subdue the Kashmiris’ freedom sentiment through the use of brute force.

They said, Kashmir dispute is not a territorial or bilateral dispute between Pakistan and India. They said, it is an international dispute acknowledged by the UN through its resolutions accepted by the two countries and it pertains to the life of millions of Kashmiris.

They termed the abrogation of Articles 370 and 35-A of the Indian Constitution by New Delhi as a deep conspiracy and vowed that the Kashmiris would resist the ploy at every level and would continue their liberation struggle till complete success.

The speakers said that, on one hand, India had been trying to suppress the Kashmiris’ just struggle for securing their right to self-determination for the past over seventy-one years through the use of brute force, while, on the other, it had been hatching conspiracies to change the demographic composition of occupied Kashmir. They said that New Delhi was following the Israeli pattern to change the demography of the territory by setting-up separate colonies for retired army soldiers and migrant Kashmiri Pandits, giving the permanent residents’ rights to Indian citizens and ending special rights and privileges of the permanent residents of Jammu and Kashmir. They said that India had usurped all basic rights of the people of occupied Kashmir by abrogating the special status of the territory.

They said that the occupied territory was facing severe shortage of essential commodities including food and medicines, thus leading to the worst kind of humanitarian crisis.

The speakers said that Pakistan should initiate measures through the UN for ending the lockdown and restoration of media in occupied Kashmir and request the World Body to deploy its peace-keeping force in the territory to prevent genocide of the Kashmiris at the hands of the Indian troops.

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