Kathmandu, Pakistan Embassy organized a Webinar on “Kashmir Solidarity Day”, today. The event was attended, virtually, by journalists, writers and analysts as well as human rights activists through Google Meet. Messages of the President, Prime Minister and the Foreign Minister of Pakistan on the occasion were also read out. In his message, President Arif Alvi paid tribute to the unparalleled commitment of the Kashmiris for the attainment of their legitimate right to self-determination. He highlighted the Indian brutalities in Kashmir and sufferings of Kashmiris. He called upon the international community to take practical steps to hold India accountable for its gross and widespread human rights violations in IIOJK. He said that the just and lasting solution of the Jammu and Kashmir dispute in accordance with international legitimacy is the only way to ensure durable peace and development in the region. President Alvi also assured continuity of Pakistan’s support to the Kashmiri people until realization of their right to self-determination, in accordance with the relevant UN Security Council Resolutions.
In his message, Prime Minister Imran Khan highlighted the worsening situation in IIOJK and added that India has unleashed the worst form of state-terrorism to break the will of the Kashmiri people and crush their legitimate struggle. The over 900,000 Indian occupation forces continue to terrorize the Kashmiris through an assault on their distinct identity and culture and through illegal demographic changes and economic marginalization. He also criticised India’s illegal and unilateral actions of 5 August, 2019 and its subsequent measures aimed at changing the demographic structure of IIOJK and converting the Kashmiris into a minority in their own land.
Prime Minister Imran Khan called upon the international community to make India accountable for its heinous crimes in IIOJK and to work towards a just and peaceful settlement of the Jammu and Kashmir dispute in accordance with the UN Security Council Resolutions and the wishes of the Kashmiri people. He assured that Pakistan’s strong and steadfast support for the Kashmiri people will continue till the realization of their inalienable right of self-determination.
Foreign Minister Shah Mahmood Qureshi reiterated Pakistan’s unflinching and complete support for the just struggle of Kashmiris and paid homage to to the supreme sacrifices of Kashmiris in Indian Illegally occupied Jammu and Kashmir (IIOJK). While referring to Pakistan’s recent dossier and reports by human rights and humanitarian organizations regarding Indian state-terrorism, he highlighted India’s reprehensible treatment of Kashmiri journalists and human rights defenders. Mr. Qureshi called upon the
international community to demand an end to India’s gross and widespread human rights violations in IIOJK; reversal of its unilateral and illegal actions of 5 August 2019; repeal of draconian laws; unfettered access to UN-supervised investigations into cases of extrajudicial executions and implementation of relevant UN Security Council resolutions on Jammu and Kashmir.
In his remarks, Ambassador Syed Haider Shah reaffirmed Pakistan’s solidarity with the people of IIOJK in their struggle for their right to self-determination. He highlighted the sufferings of Kashmiris living under illegal occupation, the sacrifices Kashmiris have been making daily for more than seven decades and their indomitable spirit not to submit to tyranny and oppression. He called on the international community to play their role in pressurizing the occupying forces in IIOJK to give access to much needed relief assistance and independent human rights investigators. He also called for the full and earliest implementation of UN Security Council resolutions so that Kashmiris can exercise their inalienable right to self-determination to decide their destiny.
The event concluded with a Q&A session.