Yet another farce to perpetuate India’s occupation, FO reacts to Indian legislation on IIOJK

Islamabad: Pakistan’s Foreign Office Spokesperson Mumtaz Zahra Baloch has said the Wednesday’s decision by the Indian Parliament to pass a legislation pertaining to the future of Indian Illegally occupied Jammu and Kashmir is yet another farce to perpetuate India’s occupation and to deny the people of Jammu and Kashmir their right to self-determination.

At her weekly media briefing in Islamabad on Thursday, Mumtaz Zahra Baloch said Jammu and Kashmir is an internationally-recognized disputed territory, whose final disposition is to be made in accordance with the United Nations Security Council resolutions and as per the aspirations of the Kashmiri people. Any other process cannot serve as a substitute to the right of self-determination of the Kashmiri people.

The Spokesperson said Pakistan has never recognized India’s occupation of Jammu and Kashmir. It has reportedly rejected the relevance of the Indian Constitution to this disputed territory. We therefore, categorically reject any measures that perpetuate India’s occupation.

She said Pakistan will continue to extend political, diplomatic and moral support to our Kashmiri brothers and sisters for the just and peaceful settlement of the Jammu and Kashmir dispute in accordance with the UN Security Council resolutions.

Mentioning the United Nations Secretary General’s decision to invoke Article-99 of the UN Charter to bring attention of the UN Security Council towards the dire security situation and the humanitarian catastrophe in Gaza, she said Pakistan welcomes the move.

This decision of the Secretary General, she added, demonstrates his conscionable assessment of the catastrophic situation in Gaza.

The Spokesperson said Pakistan strongly and unequivocally condemns the continuous use of force by Israel and its indiscriminate acts on civilians, civilian facilities and infrastructure in a flagrant violation of international humanitarian law.

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