United Nations, June 21 (KMS): A top Pakistani diplomat has called for humanitarian assistance for the people of the Indian illegally occupied Jammu and Kashmir (IIOJK), saying that they are oppressed daily by 900,000 Indian troops.
Ambassador Munir Akram, Pakistan’s Permanent Representative to the United Nations, told the UN Economic and Social Council Humanitarian Affairs Segment that the plight of people who are subjected to foreign occupation deserves special attention.
He urged the international community to end “selective” application of international humanitarian law, as he made a case for humanitarian assistance for the suffering people in IIOJK.
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An Indian representative reacted to the Pakistani envoy’s remarks, claiming that Jammu and Kashmir was an integral part of India, and accused Pakistan of supporting terrorism.
Exercising her right of reply, Pakistan’s representative Saima Saleem said Jammu and Kashmir is not and has never been part of India’s territory, as multiple United Nations resolutions define it as a disputed territory. She said the future of this disputed territory should be decided by a free and impartial plebiscite, a decision India accepted.
Since 5 August 2019, she said, India is on its way to turn the Muslim majority IIOJK into a Hindu majority territory in barefaced violation of 4th Geneva Convention and international law. “Due to ongoing conflict, there is a dire humanitarian crisis in occupied Jammu and Kashmir.”
As regards the talk about terrorism, Saima Saleem said it is an attempt on the part of India to camouflage its own state terrorism.