Foreign min accuses India of trying to resolve Kashmir ‘through barrel of gun’
ISLAMABAD: Kashmir Solidarity Day was observed on Friday across Pakistan including Pakistan-administered Kashmir to condemn the ongoing “state terrorism” and violence by the Indian forces in Kashmir, GeoNews reported.
A resolution to this effect was adopted in a special meeting of the federal cabinet in Islamabad on April 2 with Prime Minister Shahid Khaqan Abbasi in the chair.
Rallies, functions, and walks were held in different parts of the country and around the globe by Pakistanis and Kashmiris to expose Indian “atrocities” and highlight the need for peaceful resolution of the long-standing dispute.
In PaK, the main rally was taken out in Muzaffarabad, whereas similar rallies were taken out from the deputy commissioner’s offices in Neelum, Jhelum Valley, Bagh, Rawalakot, Haveli, Kotli and other districts.
Rallies were also held in various parts of Balochistan and Khyber Pakhtunkhwa by political parties and other groups.
Moreover, Senate opposition leader Sherry Rehman submitted a resolution against the Indian authorities in the Upper House of Parliament on Friday.
In his special message for the day, Prime Minister Shahid Khaqan Abbasi said, “The recent brutalities against innocent Kashmiris have set a new example of Indian barbarism. India wants to suppress Kashmiris who are asking for the right to self-determination.”
12 militants and four civilians were killed in separate encounters and subsequent action against protesters by government forces earlier this week. Over 200 civilians were also injured in the action.
Meanwhile, PTI reported that Pakistan’s Foreign Minister Khawaja Asif on Friday accused India of trying to resolve the Kashmir dispute “through the barrel of the gun”.
Asif said this in a statement on ‘Kashmir Solidarity Day’, “The recent killings of 20 unarmed civilians in Indian Kashmir are again a manifestation of the Indian policy of trying to resolve the dispute through the barrel of the gun,” he said.
“The massacre carried out by the Indian occupation forces is totally unacceptable and should be unequivocally condemned by the international community and human rights community around the world,” he said.
Asif said that the people of Jammu and Kashmir were being deprived of the basic right to life and self-determination.
“For the last 70 years the valiant people of Indian- occupied Jammu and Kashmir are waging a heroic struggle against Indian oppression, for the realisation of the inalienable right to self-determination which has been envisaged in the United Nations Security Council resolutions,” he said.
These resolutions remain unimplemented because India has backed out of its commitments and wants to continue with subjugation and oppression of the Kashmiri people, he said.
“The courageous people of IoK have rendered unmatched sacrifices in this indigenous struggle. The atrocious Indian brutalities have failed to suppress their inviolable spirit,” Asif said.
He said government and people of Pakistan and the people across the world salute the Kashmiri people for their courage, bravery and persistence in the just struggle against “Indian occupation” and reiterate the continued and steadfast political, moral and diplomatic support to them.
Asif said Pakistan reminds the international community of its responsibilities and urges them to fulfill their promise made with the people of Jammu and Kashmir by implementing UN Security Council resolutions.
To investigate gross human rights abuses, the international community should urge India to give access to the UN and OIC fact-finding missions to Jammu and Kashmir, he said.
Pakistan’s Cabinet on Monday decided to observe Kashmir Solidarity Day in response to the latest violence.