Pakistan Monday said it had sent to the United Nations “evidence” of what it called India’s plans to change Kashmir’s demography.
“We have sent a request to the UN along with evidence to look into this matter,” Foreign Office spokesperson Nafees Zakaria said at a seminar in Islamabad.
“Now it’s the UN’s responsibility to ensure that Kashmir’s population figures are not misrepresented,” he said, according to Pakistani media.
Zakaria’s statement comes as the fate of Article 35A of the Indian Constitution, which grants special status to the residents of Jammu and Kashmir, hangs in balance with the Supreme Court set to hear a petition later this year challenging its validity.
Zakaria said Pakistan had never violated UN resolutions. “However, India has continuously been violating UN resolutions on basic human rights,” he maintained.
The spokesperson said Pakistan’s stance was clear that the issue of Kashmir should be resolved in accordance with UN resolutions.
“The Pakistan government firmly stands with people of Kashmir,” he remarked.
Zakaria further said human rights organisations could play an important role in highlighting the “human rights violations taking place in Indian-held Kashmir.”
‘’Indian forces’ use of pellet guns on Kashmiris and other brutal actions can be highlighted using social media,” he added.
Other participants demanded the United Nations take serious notice of the “Indian designs to convert the Muslim majority in Indian occupied Kashmir into a minority.”