Imran urges int’l community to hold India accountable for crimes against Kashmiris

ISLAMABAD: Prime Minister Imran Khan on Wednesday reaffirmed Pakistan’s abiding commitment to the Kashmir cause and called upon the international community, including United Nations, human rights organisations and global media, to hold India accountable for its crimes against the Kashmiri people.

In his message on the eve of Youm-e-Istehsal, a day to express solidarity with the oppressed Kashmiri people on completion of two years of the military siege of Indian Illegally Occupied Jammu and Kashmir (IIOJK), the premier said, “We will continue to extend all possible assistance to Kashmiris till the realisation of their inalienable right to self-determination and a just resolution of the Jammu and Kashmir dispute in accordance with the relevant UNSC [United Nations Security Council] resolutions and the wishes of the Kashmiri people.”

“Tomorrow [Thursday] marks two years since India’s illegal and unilateral actions of August 5, 2019 in the IIOJK.”

These actions, he said, were followed by unprecedented military siege and restrictions on fundamental rights and freedoms of the Kashmiri people to perpetuate Indian occupation in the occupied territory. “Yet, India has failed to break the will of Kashmiri people,” he added.

Imran pointed out that the Kashmiris faced unabated extra-judicial killings, custodial tortures and deaths, arbitrary detentions, burning and looting of houses, and other worst forms of human rights abuses.

“India’s illegal and unilateral actions of August 5, 2019 and subsequent measures particularly pertaining to domicile rules and the land ownership laws are aimed at changing the demographic structure of IIOJK and converting the Kashmiris into a minority in their own land,” he added.

The prime minister further said that those measures were in blatant violation of international law, including the UN Charter, the UNSC resolutions, and the 4th Geneva Convention. “Pakistan, the Kashmiris, and the international community forcefully rejected these steps,” he added.

Imran said the criticism on India’s illegal actions in the IIOJK by a number of international organisations, including UN, OHCHR and European Parliament, international media, various human rights experts and human rights organisations is well documented.

He said Pakistan has the utmost respect for the people of IIOJK for their unparalleled courage, sacrifices and persistence in facing Indian tyranny as they resolutely struggled for their legitimate right to self-determination.

“All the unilateral and illegal actions taken by India in the IIOJK from the outset, the measures initiated on and after August 5, 2019, and any additional unilateral changes that India may introduce in the future are violations of international laws, including the UNSC resolutions and the 4th Geneva Convention, and ipso facto null and void,” the prime minister maintained.

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