FO: 2020 a year of Indian Brutalities, Oppression for Kashmiris

F.P Report

ISLAMABAD: Pakistan has raised the grave issue of human atrocities being conducted by India in the Indian Illegally Occupied Kashmir.

Pakistan has stated that for Indian Illegally Occupied Jammu and Kashmir (IIOJK), the year 2020 was marked with “Indian brutalities and oppression” of Kashmiris.

During the weekly briefing the Foreign Office spokesperson said that, “The military siege, communications blockade, media blackout, incarceration of Kashmiri leadership, and every possible violation of human rights of the Kashmiri people continue for 515 days since Indian’s illegal and inhuman actions of 5th August 2019.’

While underscoring Indian government’s policy of state terrorism the official spokesperson Zahid Hafeez Chaudhri said in their brazen acts of state terrorism, the Indian occupation forces martyred more than 300 innocent Kashmiris, including women and children, in fake encounters and staged cordon-and-search operations.

He also remarked that during the same period, 750 Kashmiris were critically injured, while 2,770 innocent Kashmiris were arbitrarily detained and 922 houses destroyed as part of collective punishment inflicted on the Kashmiri communities.

While highlighting the Indian agenda to convert the Muslim majority of IIOJK into a minority, Foreign Office spokesperson stated that the Indian government issued more than 2 million fake domicile certificates to non-Kashmiris under the so called “Jammu and Kashmir Grant of Domicile Certificate (Procedure) Rules, 2020”.

During the weekly press briefing the spokesperson said Pakistan reiterated its call for a UN Commission of Inquiry, as recommended by the OHCHR in its two reports in 2018 and 2019.

He stressed that “The Commission should thoroughly investigate the Indian crimes against the Kashmiri people during the past three decades,”.

While expressing concern over the Incarceration of Kashmiri leadership, the Foreign Office spokesperson was of the opinion that Pakistan’s deep concern over the health condition and continued incarceration of  Kashmiri leadership, including founding leader of Kashmiri organization “Dukhtaran-i-Millat” and the “Iron Lady of Kashmir” AsiyaAndrabi,  leader and founder of the Jammu & Kashmir Democratic Freedom Party; Shabbir Ahmed Shah; and prominent leaders such as Yasin Malik, MasaratAlamBhat, Mohammad Ashraf Sehraie, Syed Ali Shah Geelani and Mirwaiz Umar Farooq.

FO spokesperson underlined that Pakistan had written to the UN Secretary General and the UN Human Rights Commissioner, particularly highlighting the inhuman and illegal treatment of Ms. Andrabi.    

He also blamed India for to diverting attention from its internal failings and the situation in IIOJK, India continued to escalate tensions along the Line of Control (LOC).

He remarked that “During 2020 alone, Indian occupation troops made 3,097 ceasefire violations, deliberately targeting the civilian populated areas. In these unprovoked Indian violations, 28 innocent civilians embraced shahadat, while 257 sustained serious injuries,” he said.

The Spokesperson said the Indian government with its illegal and inhuman actions had failed and “will continue to fail in breaking the will of the Kashmiri people”.

He also stressed that “The brutalization of innocent Kashmiris at the hands of Indian occupation troops, will only further strengthen their resolve for freedom from illegal Indian occupation.

I wish to reassure our Kashmiri brothers and sisters that they are not alone in their rightful struggle,”.

He said Pakistan would continue to stand with them till the realization of their inalienable right to self-determination.

The spokesperson expressed confidence that the next round of Intra-Afghan Negotiations on January 5 would yield positive results.

During the press briefing FO spokesperson also expressed views on Afghan Peace Process saying that Pakistan desired early resolution of the Afghan conflict through peaceful means and continued its full support to the ongoing Afghan Peace Process during 2020.

Pakistan played an important role in facilitating the US- Taliban Peace Agreement signed in February, commencement of Intra-Afghan Negotiations in September and the Agreement on Rules and Procedures between the Afghan parties in Doha in December.

Zahid Chaudhri said Pakistan was the only country that consistently maintained that there was no military solution to the conflict in Afghanistan, and that dialogue and a political settlement was the only way forward for lasting peace and stability.

The FO spokesperson underscored that Indian designs were posing a great threat to regional peace and security.

He mentioned that to expose India as a state sponsor of terrorism, Pakistan released a dossier providing irrefutable evidence of Indian active planning, financing and execution of terrorist activities on its soil.

He also reiterated the publication of the recent report by EU Disinfo Lab about India’s global disinformation campaign against Pakistan further corroborated the latter’s position about Indian evil designs.