FM urges world community to ensure granting of right to self-determination to Kashmiris

Islamabad, January 05 (KMS): Foreign Minister, Bilawal Bhutto Zardari, has said that the international community should fulfill its promises and take steps to enable the people of Jammu and Kashmir to exercise the right of self-determination as enshrined in UN Security Council resolutions.

The foreign minister in his message on the occasion of Kashmiris’ Right to Self-Determination Day, today, said the day reminded the international community, especially the United Nations, of the imperative of honoring its commitment towards the people of Jammu and Kashmir.

The foreign minister said, “On 5th of January every year, we renew our support for the right to self-determination of the people of Jammu and Kashmir. On this day in 1949, the United Nations Commission for India and Pakistan (UNCIP) unanimously adopted a resolution espousing the right to self-determination of the Kashmiri people through a free and impartial plebiscite under the auspices of the United Nations.”

Bilawal Bhutto Zardari said the last 75 years of India’s illegal occupation over Jammu and Kashmir were a sad story of repression of the Kashmiri people. He said India had unleashed a reign of terror in IIOJK, and denied these oppressed people the right to exercise their inalienable right to self-determination and lead a life of dignity.

He deplored that since its illegal and unilateral actions of August 5, 2019, India is engineering demographic and political changes in IIOJK to convert Kashmiris into a disempowered minority in their own land. He said the international community must call for an immediate cessation of human rights abuses and a reversal of measures by India to change the demographic structure of IIOJK.

The foreign minister reiterated that Pakistan remained determined to play its role to support the right to self-determination of Kashmiris through a free and impartial plebiscite in accordance with the United Nations Security Council resolutions. “Our strong and steadfast moral, political and diplomatic support for the Kashmiri people will continue till the realization of this inalienable right,” he added.

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