ISLAMABAD: People of Pakistan and Azad Kashmir observed the today Youm-e-Istehsal Kashmir (the day of exploitation).
President Dr Arif Alvi warned India to end its continuous subjugation of Kashmiris in Occupied Kashmir as it could no longer suppress their voice.
“The voice of Kashmiris for their right to self-determination is getting stronger against India’s atrocities and the day is not far when the Indian government will have to surrender,” the president said in his address to the participants of the Kashmir solidarity rally, in front of the Parliament House.
Prime Minister Imran Khan and Chief of the Army Staff (COAS) General Qamar Javed Bajwa on Thursday called out India over its continuous “inhuman military siege” and “unprecedented oppression” in occupied Kashmir. Their rebuke came as the country observed Youm-e-Istehsal Kashmir (the day of exploitation) to mark two years since New Delhi stripped the valley of its special autonomy.
The prime minister, in a series of tweets, said: “Today marks two years since India’s unilateral and illegal actions of 5 Aug 2019 in IIOJK. In these two years, the world has witnessed unprecedented oppression in IIOJK by Indian forces. It is also witnessing Indian efforts to force demographic change and destroy Kashmiri identity.”
He praised the people of Jammu & Kashmir for remaining “undaunted in their struggle for self-determination” and vowed to continue to raise his voice for their rights “till Kashmiris are allowed to decide their future according to UNSC resolutions”.
The Inter-Services Public Relation (ISPR), the military’s media wing, quoted COAS Bajwa as saying that the “continuation of inhuman military siege, machinations to bring demographic changes and gross violations of human rights and international laws are perpetuating humanitarian and security crises in IIOJ&K” that imperil regional security.
In another tweet, the ISPR added that the “resolution of Kashmir dispute as per UN Resolutions and aspirations of Kashmiri people is imperative for enduring peace and stability in the region.”
The president led the Kashmir solidarity rally on Youm-e-Istehsal, which marked two years of India’s illegal revocation of Kashmir’s special status on August 5, 2019, in sheer violation to the resolutions of the United Nations Security Council.
President assured the Kashmiris of Indian Illegally Occupied Jammu and Kashmir (IIOJK) that Pakistan would support them in their struggle for inalienable rights.
“I warn India not to play with fire and give Kashmiris their due right which has been pledged by the United Nations,” he said. Unless, India stopped acts of killing, torture and abductions, normalcy could not be returned to the Valley, he added.
He expressed confidence that with a government strongly supporting the Kashmir cause, Pakistan would remain steadfast in advocating the demands of Kashmiris.
“I believe that emerging Pakistan will make a strong point before the world to press India to end violence in Kashmir and give Kashmiris their right,” he said.
President Alvi said Pakistan would not hold talks with India unless it rescinded its illegal and unilateral actions of August 5, 2019.
“This is a clear narrative of Pakistan until India restores the Articles 370 and 35-A of its Constitution that ensures the special status of Jammu and Kashmir,” he said.
The president said the oppression of Dogra rule against the people of Kashmir even continued today by the incumbent government of India.
“Under the rule of Indian occupation forces, our Kashmiri brothers and sisters are being martyred, children blinded with pellet gunshots and thousands of women left widowed,” he said.
He regretted that the United Nations and the world after decades had maintained a silence on the resolution of the Kashmir dispute, however said that “Kashmiris cannot be silenced”.