Pakistan has strongly rejected Indian Defence Minister’s gratuitous and reckless comments at a public event on Kashmir Black Day in Indian Illegally Occupied Jammu & Kashmir.
According to the Foreign Office spokesperson Asim Iftikhar Ahmad his statement: that India had begun “development work in IIOJK that would not stop till it reaches Gilgit-Baltistan” is utterly silly and absurd. The Spokesperson said that the Indian Minister’s delusional remarks are laughable and reflected India’s hatred towards Pakistan. He said the so-called ‘development work’ in IIOJK is a mere eyewash, while the unprofessional attempt to distort the well-established recorded facts about the Jammu & Kashmir dispute is miserable.
He said the Indian Government is reminded that the ground realities in IIOJK and Azad Jammu & Kashmir (AJK) are diametrically different, while AJK is free, open and accessible to the world, India has forcibly occupied IIOJK for the last seventy-five years and manages it as a vast prison. He said it is also a well-established fact that over 900,000 Indian occupation forces have been committing heinous human rights offences against innocent Kashmiris in IIOJK including extra-judicial killings, custodial casualties, torture and arbitrary arrests.
It is pertinent to mention here that ever since India’s illegal and unilateral actions of 5th August 2019, Indian occupation forces have extra-judicially killed more than 690 innocent Kashmiris. In a flagrant violation of relevant UN Security Council resolutions, international law, and the 4th Geneva Convention, India has been also seeking to change the demographic structure of the occupied territory.
The Spokesperson said the only resolution to the Jammu and Kashmir dispute lies in ensuring that the Kashmiris are able to exercise their right of self-determination through the democratic method of holding an UN-mandated free and impartial plebiscite as espoused in the relevant UNSC resolutions, and as per the wishes of the Kashmiri people.