Youm-e-Istehsal Kashmir: Prime Minister Shehbaz Sharif condemns India’s use of ‘unbridled force’ in IIOJK
Prime Minister Shehbaz Sharif condemned India on Friday for its continued use of “unbridled force” in Indian-occupied Kashmir (IIOJK), as the country marked three years since New Delhi stripped the valley of its special autonomy.
“Today marks the third sombre anniversary of India’s illegal and unilateral actions on August 5, 2019 aimed at changing the internationally recognized disputed status of occupied Jammu and Kashmir and altering the demographic structure of the occupied territory,” the premier said in a series of tweets.
He praised courageous Kashmiris for enduring fear, intimidation, torture, and the worst forms of human rights violations. “Indian oppression has failed to break their resolve,” said PM Shehbaz.
“The Jammu and Kashmir conflict has been a battle of hope versus overwhelming odds, courage versus fear, and sacrifice versus tyranny. Today, we pay heartfelt tributes to all IIOJK martyrs for their ultimate sacrifice, as well as to their families for their tenacity and courage “The prime minister continued.
President Dr Arif Alvi stated in a statement issued by the President House that resolving the Kashmir dispute was the only way to ensure long-term peace and stability in the region.
“India’s actions on August 5, 2019 are in violation of several United Nations Security Council (UNSC) resolutions that stipulated that the final disposition of the State of Jammu and Kashmir will be made in accordance with the will of the people through a free and impartial plebiscite conducted under the auspices of the United Nations,” he said.
Pakistan, he added, would “continue to stand shoulder to shoulder with our Kashmiri brothers and sisters in their just struggle.”
Foreign Minister Bilawal Bhutto-Zardari stated that the recent developments in the occupied valley had demonstrated that “India has been relentlessly pursuing its nefarious design of furthering demographic changes.”
According to PTI Chairman Imran Khan, the Modi government “violated UNSC resolutions and international law by illegally revoking the special status of IIOJK” on August 5, 2019.
India then “moved to commit a war crime under the Fourth Geneva Convention by changing the demography of IIOJK,” he added.
India expected the move to crush the spirit of Kashmiri resistance, but it instead grew, he said.
The ex-premier called the international community’s silence “selective morality.”
“We are asked to echo the powerful in the international community’s condemnations on human rights issues. However, when it comes to India and its massive human rights violations in IIOJK, the same powers remain silent due to India’s market or strategic military partnerships”