The Embassy of Pakistan in Dushanbe, Tajikistan, organized today an event to observe ‘Youm-e-Istehsal’ in the Chancery to mark completion of one year of inhuman military siege by the Indian occupying forces in the Indian Illegally Occupied Jammu & Kashmir (IIOJK).
The ceremony started with the recitation of Holy Quran followed by playing of the anthems of Pakistan and Azad Jammu and Kashmir.
Ambassador (R) Saidov Saidbeg Boykhonovich, former Ambassador of Tajikistan to Pakistan and India and presently Head of the Department of International Relations and Diplomacy in the Russian-Tajik Slavonic University, Dushanbe, was the Chief Guest on the occasion.
Ambassador Boykhonovich in his remarks said that Kashmir is a long-standing conflict between India and Pakistan and must be resolved through peaceful means according to the wishes of the Kashmiri people and in line with United Nations Security Council Resolutions. He shared his experience about his personal visits to the IIOJK during his stint as Tajikistan’s Ambassador to India and also recited his poetic verses eulogizing Kashmir.
Ambassador Imran Haider while speaking at the occasion in his speech highlighted the history of Jammu & Kashmir dispute, ongoing atrocities and brutalities being perpetrated by the Indian occupying forces in IIOJK, particularly since 5th August 2019.
He said that the illegal Indian actions of 5th August 2019 and subsequent introduction of J&K Reorganization Order tantamounts to demographic apartheid and are blatant violations of numerous UN Resolution on Jammu and Kashmir dispute, Geneva Conventions and International Law.
While lauding great sacrifices rendered by the besieged Kashmiris in IIOJK, Ambassador Haider reiterated Pakistan government’s and people’s resolve to extend moral, diplomatic and political support to the Kashmiri brothers and sisters in their struggle for right of self-determination.
He further added that the international community is gradually waking up to the continued and inhuman violations of human rights in IIOJK and the days are not far when the Kashmiri people will achieve freedom.
Large number of people from different walks of life including Pakistani community members, local journalists, human rights activists, academia and students attended the event. Special documentaries highlighting Indian brutalities in IIOJK were screened during the event. Banners, pamphlets and posters highlighting Kashmir struggle were also displayed.
5th August 2020
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