Pakistan rejects Indian false comments on AJK polls

Islamabad July 30 (KMS): Pakistan has categorically rejected the false, untenable and self-serving comments made by the spokesperson of the Indian Ministry of External Affairs on the recently concluded elections in Azad Jammu and Kashmir.

The Indian chargé d’affaires was summoned to the Pakistan’s Ministry of Foreign Affairs to convey the country’s complete rejection of India’s sham protest and to reiterate Pakistan’s clear and consistent position on Jammu and Kashmir dispute, said a press statement issued by the spokesperson of Ministry of Foreign Affairs.

It said, India cannot hide the fact that it is in illegal occupation of parts of Jammu and Kashmir. To perpetuate its occupation of the Indian illegally occupied Jammu and Kashmir (IIOJK), India has committed horrendous human rights violations against innocent Kashmiris over the past seven decades, and particularly since 5th August 2019, it added.

The statement said, the people of AJK enjoy the fruits of free and participatory electoral process, IIOJK bleeds under India’s illegal occupation.

It said, the Jammu and Kashmir dispute between Pakistan and India has been on the agenda of the UN Security Council since 1948 and it remains an internationally recognized dispute, as affirmed by the relevant Security Council resolutions.

Despite the solemn commitments made by the Government of India in numerous official communications to the Security Council, to Pakistan, to other states, and to the people of Jammu and Kashmir to abide by and implement the UN Security Councils resolutions on Jammu and Kashmir, India has reneged on these commitments over the years, it deplored.

India’s illegal actions of 5th August 2019, seeking to unilaterally alter the internationally recognized disputed status of Jammu and Kashmir and India’s illegal steps to change the IIOJK’s demographic structure, contravene several UN Security Council resolutions. The Security Council has clearly delineated the principle that the final disposition of Jammu and Kashmir will be made in accordance with the will of the people expressed through the democratic method of a free and impartial plebiscite conducted under the auspices of the United Nations, the statement maintained.

It said, India must immediately end its illegal occupation of parts of Jammu and Kashmir, stop its egregious violations of the human rights in IIOJK and take steps for immediate and full implementation of the UNSC resolutions on the Kashmir dispute.