Kashmir has never been Indian internal matter: Pak HC

  • Nayadiganta English Desk 05 February 2020
Pakistan High Commission in Dhaka observed Kashmir Solidarity Day on February 05, 2020 – Photo Desk

The High Commissioner (Designate) for Pakistan in Dhaka, Imran Ahmed Siddiqui, on Wednesday said that Indian aggression in the occupied Kashmir could never be an internal matter of India.

He said this while addressing the Kashmir Solidarity Day meeting at the High Commission for Pakistan in Bangladesh’s capital Dhaka on Wednesday afternoon.

A large number of Pakistani community people with their family members and Kashmiris attended the event.

Siddiqui added that Kashmir, with a number of UN resolutions promising the people of Jammu and Kashmir their right to self-determination, is an international dispute on the UNSC (United Nations Security Council) agenda and Pakistan is a party to it. The latest UN Security Council’s meeting stands witness to this fact.

On this occasion, the High Commissioner distributed shields to the participants of an essay competition on various dimensions of the Kashmir dispute.

Highlighting the sufferings Kashmiris, who are incarcerated for the last six months, the High Commissioner observed that “Indian brutalities against innocent civilians including arbitrary detentions, torture, fake encounters, enforced disappearances of Kashmiri youths as well as rape of women have not crushed the spirit of the people of the Indian Occupied Jammu and Kashmir (IoJK).  

“It was India that took the Kashmir issue to the United Nations Security Council (UNSC) which clearly rejected occupation and called for plebiscite in Jammu and Kashmir”, he said, adding that the Security Council also rejected all other Indian machinations, including the farce of election in the occupied territories as illegal establishing that the dispute needed to be resolved as per the wishes of the Kashmiri people and that Pakistan is a party to the dispute.

He added: “India’s claim that Jammu Kashmir is its internal matter is, therefore, illegal and invalid”, he declared.

“Since August 5, 2019, when Jammu and Kashmir was subjected to yet another wave of Indian atrocities, the Security Council met thrice – latest on 15 January 2019 – and each time it highlighted the international community’s recognition of the seriousness of the on-going situation,” he added.

Emphasizing on restoration of peace in IoJK Siddiqui said: “The reign of terror that India has unleashed in the occupied territories must come to an end. India is in clear violation of its obligations flowing from international human rights and humanitarian law and as such all necessary international mechanisms to protect the beleaguered Kashmiri people must be activated”, Mr. Siddiqui advocated.

The High Commissioner (Designate) also expressed deep concerns at the rise of fascism in the South Asia.

He condemned the supremacist ideologies preached by the ideologues of Indian Rashtriya Swayamsevak Sangh (RSS), an ultra-nationalist and Hindutva organization marked as the mother organization of the Norendra Modi-lead ruling Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP).  

Discouraging the hegemony of the south Asian biggest country’s ruling party leaders and their modern-day fascist followers, he urged the world to come together to fight fascism and racism which are rising their ugly heads in South Asia where the followers of a specific faith are being called “termites” and being threatened with aggression, expulsion, eviction and exclusion.

The High Commissioner reiterated that the government and people of Pakistan will remain committed to the just struggle of the Kashmiri people for their right to self-determination.

Students hailed from India-occupied Kashmir demanded immediate restoration of full-fledged mobile network and internet facilities in their homeland.

They urged Indian government not to unleash any further atrocities in Kashmir and let the Kashmiri people to choose their future.

They alleged that due to frequent internet blackout in Kashmir and very week network they cannot communicate with their families in time of needs or even to know about the situation of their dear and near ones.

The program was also marked with chorus songs expressing solidarity of Kashmiris’ anti-aggression movements for above the last seven decades against India, a country of above 1.3 million people.