Lahore, April 02, 2018 (PPI-OT): Punjab Chief Minister Muhammad Shehbaz Sharif has strongly condemned the Indian atrocities unleashed on the Kashmiris in recent days that resulted in martyrdom of 13 people in the held valley besides causing injuries to many more. He said that the worst human rights violations over the decades has exposed the real face of India that claims to be the largest democracy in the world. He said that real democracies listen to the voices of their people, and protect their fundamental rights.
The Chief Minister said that the exemplary sacrifices rendered by the Kashmiris in their unrelenting struggle for self-determination, duly sanctioned by the UN resolutions, have chronicled a glorious chapter of bravery, courage and a steel-like determination in the pursuit of their mission. He said that each time India tried to hoodwink the international community by seeking to describe the indigenous freedom movement as externally inspired, the Kashmiris called its hoax and exposed the reality of its designs through the exercise of their democratic right of peaceful protest.
The Chief Minister maintained that a movement that is rooted in heart and soul of a people and represent their innermost aspirations and a struggle for self-assertion and identity, cannot be crushed with the physical might. He said that this new phase in the Kashmiris’ struggle for right to self-determination is inspired by the legendary valour of Burhan Wani. His heroic sacrifice and an incredible story of resistance against one of the mightiest armies galvanized the Kashmiris across all spectrum, he added.
“India can use pellet guns to deprive the Kashmiris of their eyes but it cannot deprive them of their dreams. Its brutal forces can eliminate them physically but they cannot eliminate the idea of freedom that resides in their hearts”, the Chief Minister said. Shehbaz Sharif further said that the lesson of history is that no military, howsoever powerful, can browbeat a people into submission whose youth are fired by the ideals of freedom.
He asked the international community to take notice of the Indian atrocities on the Kashmiris, saying that the implications of silence on the gross human rights violations in the held Kashmir are grave for peace and stability in the nuclearized South Asia. He said that the government and the people of Pakistan will continue to extend their diplomatic, moral and political support to the Kashmiris.
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