Pakistan on Friday reiterated its “moral, diplomatic and political support” for Jammu and Kashmir while questioning the “conscience” of international community and the United Nations over the “denial of right to self-determination” to the people of the state.
In separate messages, the country’s top leadership also called for an independent probe under the UN into “human rights violations” by Indian forces in the region.
President Mamnoon Hussain urged India to implement the UN resolutions, saying peace and prosperity of the entire region is linked with the resolution of the long-standing dispute of Jammu and Kashmir.
Prime Minister Shahid Khaqan Abbasi said India must honour the commitments of its founding fathers and ensure implementation of the UN Security Council resolutions on Jammu and Kashmir.
He accused India of unleashing a “reign of terror” in “Indian-occupied Kashmir (Iok),” according to Pakistani media reports.
“The worst form of state terrorism is being perpetrated against defenseless people of IoK to silence and crush their legitimate struggle, in complete disregard of international human rights and humanitarian laws,” the Pakistani premier said in his statement to mark October 27 as ‘Kashmir Black Day.’
“Pakistan has supported the proposal of the High Commissioner for Human Rights for sending a Fact Finding Mission to Jammu and Kashmir. We reiterate our call and hope that the international community will pay heed to the miseries and sufferings of the Kashmiri people,” he said.
“These facts seek urgent attention of the international community. The denial of the right to self-determination for the last seven decades raises questions about the conscience of the international community and the United Nations,” he said.
Foreign Minister Khawaja Mohmmad Asif called on the international community to take notice of “atrocities being committed by the Indian forces in IoK.”
In a statement, the foreign minister said that India had “ignored all conventions of international and civility by its continued occupation of Jammu and Kashmir – whose citizens were being denied basic human rights.”