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Kashmir a litmus test for humanity to check atrocities in IIOJK: Qureshi

Islamabad, October 27, 2020 (PPI-OT):Foreign Minister Shah Mahmood Qureshi says Kashmir is not just a dispute between Pakistan and India, but is a litmus test for our collective humanity to check gross human rights violations in the Indian illegally occupied Jammu and Kashmir. Addressing a seminar, organized in Islamabad today to mark the Kashmir Black Day, he said Indian brutalities are suffocating Kashmiri lives and Kashmiri people are subjected to worst kind of inhuman treatment.

He said political, religious, cultural, and economic liberties of the people of Kashmir are facing Indian oppression. He said demographic structure in the occupied territory is being changed in violation of international injunctions and law. He said Kashmiris have been deprived of digital connectivity in the age of digital media. He said Hindutva obsessed mind-set is doing all this. He said humanity dies in Kashmir every day.

The Foreign Minister said the world must know and the Kashmir youth must know that even their voices are muzzled; they have their voice and their rights are being muzzled, they have rights. He said their lives are no less than a life of an American, European, or Indian. He said they are not alone as the Pakistani youth is standing with you and will remain with them in future as well.

Shah Mahmood Qureshi advised the youth that they should continue their efforts to mobilize the world community on Kashmir question and they should never lose hope. Paying tribute to the sacrifices of Kashmiri people against Indian oppression, Minister for Information and Broadcasting Shibli Faraz urged the world bodies including the UN to voice against Indian brutalities in IIOJ and K.

He regretted over the role of international community over silence on Indian inhuman attitude towards Kashmiri people. The Minister said Kashmir is a national issue which evokes widespread sentiment in Pakistan and all political parties stand united against India’s forcible annexation of Kashmir. He said change of status of IIOJ and K after 5 August 2019 was the violation of UNSC resolutions.

He said today people in the IIOJ and K are being tortured, killed, incarcerate and deprived of their basic rights. The Minister said Prime Minister Imran Khan has successfully highlighted the Kashmir issue at international forums that vindicates he is the true ambassador of Kashmir. He reassured to the Kashmiri people to continue Pakistan’s moral, political and diplomatic support till they get their right to self-determination.

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