The nation observed Kashmir Day to express solidarity with the Kashmiri people in their struggle for the right to self-determination under the United Nations resolutions.
In separate messages, Prime Minister Imran Khan and President Arif Alvi reiterated Pakistan’s continued support and consistent stance on the Kashmir dispute.
“Freedom movement in the occupied Kashmir is strengthened every day,” said the PM. He said the conflict remained unresolved despite the passage of seven decades.
President Alvi said the 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”.
Alvi is set to address a session of the Azad Jammu and Kashmir Legislative Assembly in Muzaffarabad. He will also attend an event organised in the federal cabinet to mark the day.
Foreign Minister Shah Mehmood Qureshi, who is in London to attend a conference held at the British Parliament to highlight Indian forces brutalities in IoK, reaffirmed Islamabad’s “unflinching support” to the Kashmiris “in their just and legitimate struggle for self-determination against wrongful Indian occupation.”
He said the UN Security Council recognising India’s consistent denial of self-determination right is an example of the impunity. “The human rights violations in Indian occupied Jammu and Kashmir are a blot on the conscience of humanity and demand immediate corrective action by the international community.”
“The reports of the Office of the High Commissioner for Human Rights on Jammu and Kashmir and the UK’s All Parties 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 held valley.”
The foreign minister stressed that Pakistan was committed to finding a just and peaceful solution to the long-standing dispute. “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 its people.”
This year, the day is being observed in Pakistan and other parts of the world at a time when Indian atrocities in occupied Kashmir have reached a new level of oppression and human rights’ denial to crush the indigenous freedom movement against the subjugating forces.
Data compiled by the Kashmir Media Service revealed that at least 18 youth were martyred by the Indian troops in January alone. As many as 126 people were injured, 93 arrested including Hurriyat leaders and activists. The Indian forces also destroyed four residential structures in January.
According to KMS, a total of 755 Kashmiris have been killed and over 25,265 injured since July 2016. Data from January, 1989 to January, 2019 shows a whopping 95, 283 killings and 145,597 arrests. In 20 years, a total of 22,898 women have been widowed, 107,765 children have been orphaned, 11,111 women were either gang-raped or molested and at least 109,205 structures destroyed.
The government has planned a number of activities to mark the day and expose massive human rights violations being committed by brutal Indian forces to suppress the indigenous freedom movement of the people of Kashmir.