By Collins Ajibola
The government of Pakistan has called on world leaders to show solidarity with the innocent people of Kashmir, who they alleged are being brutally suppressed by the Indian Armed Forces.
The Deputy High Commissioner of the Pakistan High Commission in Nigeria, Aamir Habib Abbasi, made this call in a press release to commemorate the one year of the illegal decision of the Indian government to occupy and integrate the region into the Indian Territory, allegedly against the will of people of Kashmir.
“One year ago on 5th August 2019, Indian Government took an illegal decision to abrogate Articles 370 and 35A of the Indian Constitution. Coupled with the bifurcation of the State of Jammu and Kashmir into two Union Territories, this meant, the illegal occupation / integration of the erstwhile State into the Indian territory, which is completely against the will of people of Kashmir and violation of UN articles on Kashmir.” He stated.
He added that, “In order to make the complete world aware of this demographic apartheid in IIOJK (Illegally Indian Occupied Jammu and Kashmir), Pakistan has decided that 5th August will always be observed as “Youm-e-Istehsal” (Day of Exploitation). Pakistan urges the world leaders to show solidarity with the innocent people of Kashmir, who are being brutally suppressed by the Indian Armed Forces.”
“Narendra Modi-led BJP Government is following Hindutva ideology, which is aimed at turning India into a Hindu-dominated “Hindustan”. In so doing, it has not only manipulated its own Constitution, but has also trampled upon democratic norms. It has debased the United Nations Security Council Resolutions, which recognise the territory as an International Dispute, to which Pakistan is also a legitimate party.
“These Resolutions promised the people of Kashmir an opportunity to determine their own future through a free and fair plebiscite under UN auspices. That promise was reiterated by the Indian Prime Minister Jawarlal Nehru on several occasions, with the assurance that he would respect the verdict of the Kashmiri people and that, if they were to tell India to leave, it would quit Kashmir without hesitation.”
“After seven decades, this promise remains unfulfilled. The peaceful protests of the people of Illegally Indian Occupied Jammu and Kashmir (IIOJK) have been mercilessly suppressed by the Indian Security Forces, who have been reinforced to make IIOJK the most heavily militarized region of the world.”
“More than 900,000 troops and para military forces are deployed in IIOJK, who resort to indiscriminate killing and destruction of properties of innocent Kashmiris. Thousands of youth and local leaders have been arrested without charges and many hundreds have disappeared without trace, suspected to be killed and buried in unmarked graves. Ruthless use of live ammunition and pellet guns has killed and maimed thousands of Kashmiris, women have been raped and even children have not been spared the barbarity of the cruel security forces, who are not held accountable for these action due to draconian laws, specially made for protecting them.”
“By supporting the innocent Kashmiris of IIOJK against illegal actions of Indian Occupation Forces, the world must provide justice to innocent Kashmiris by asking India to stop the massacre of men, women and specially children in IIOJK. Indian Government is aware of the fact that will of the people can never be changed, therefore, they have started making demographic changes through brutal killings and moving Indian populace from other regions of the country to IIOJK. These actions are not acceptable and may lead to a conflict between two nuclear armed states. The fascist regime of Prime Minister Modi can trigger this conflict and peace in the region will always be threatened.”
“Pakistan is always ready to take international journalists and observers to the Line of Control, to make them see with their own eyes how Indian Forces are killing innocent Kashmiris through unprovoked firing on Pakistan’s territory. Pakistan Government seeks the support of our brotherly country Nigeria and all International Organizations against these inhuman atrocities being perpetuated on innocent Kashmiris and put pressure on the Indian regime to immediately stop demographic apartheid of Illegally Indian Occupied Jammu and Kashmir (IIOJK).” The statement concluded.