President, PM reaffirm Pakistan’s support to Kashmir cause

General Official News

Islamabad, October 27, 2018 (PPI-OT): President Dr Arif Alvi and Prime Minister Imran Khan have reiterated Pakistan’s unflinching moral, diplomatic and political support for the just cause of the Kashmiri people. President Dr Arif Alvi in his message on the Kashmir Black Day, today, said, “We pay homage to the sacrifices of our brethren in Indian occupied Kashmir and reiterate our unflinching and steadfast moral, diplomatic and political support.”

“This support will continue till the realisation of their [Kashmiris] lawful right to self-determination,” he added. Dr Arif Alvi said Pakistan strongly supports the report of the United Nations Office of the High Commissioner for Human Rights (OHCHR) on Kashmir that recommended setting up of a Commission of Inquiry (COI) to analyze the human rights situation in Kashmir.

The president said that the United Nations Security Council through its several resolutions had validated the Kashmiris’ right to decide their future through a fair and impartial plebiscite. However, he deplored that despite its commitment to the international community to enforce these resolutions, India has embarked on a path of punitive suppression and pathological genocide that continues to this day.

Prime Minister, Imran Khan, in his message said, “Pakistan will not relent in its moral, political and diplomatic support until the Kashmiris realise their legitimate right to self-determination in accordance with the United Nations Security Council resolutions.”

He said that for seven decades, India had occupied Jammu and Kashmir in contravention of the UNSC resolutions that ordained the holding of a plebiscite to determine the wishes of the Kashmiri people. “It has used coercion, brutal suppression of the rights of the people, economic blandishments and sham electoral processes to crush the will of Kashmiris and legitimise its occupation,” he remarked.

The prime minister said that the recent UN report on Kashmir was an acknowledgment of Indian policies of occupation that included well-documented human rights atrocities. He called for immediate implementation of the recommendation to set up a UN Commission of Inquiry (COI) to investigate human rights abuses by Indian forces in the occupied territory.

He said the continued brutal suppression of Kashmiri people and recent surge in killings of young Kashmiris required urgent action. Imran Kahn said that the valiant, brave and courageous people of occupied Kashmir deserved the admiration of the world.

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