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President of the Islamic Republic of Pakistan the occasion of ‘Kashmir Black Dav’ on 27 October 2023

7 October 1947 is one of the darkest days for the Kashmiri people. The Indian occupation of Jammu and Kashnnir, which began on that dav, stifled the legitimate aspirations of the Kashmiris to determine their own destiny.

Over the last seventv-six vears, India has not onlv reneged on its obligations to the people of Jannmu and Kashmir but has sh01VIÄ disregard to multilateralisrm bv backtracking on the UNSC resolutions, The people of the Indian Illegallv Occupied Jamilül and Kashmir (IIOJK) have endured endless oppression during this long period. Ilowever India has failed to blunt their resolve to realize their inalienable right to self-deternnination,

This dav, I pav honiage to the exennplarv courage of the  in their continued fight for the right to self-determination simultaneouslv resisting the excesses being connnnitted by the Indian forces. Undoubtedlv, thei r sacrifices will not go in vain.

l’he unilateral and illecral actions of 5 August 2019 arc in blatant violation of the UN Securitv Cou ncil resolutions and international laiV, The efforts to effect dennographic change and perpetuate the Indian occupation of the disputed territory are aimed at undermining the Kashmiri people i s democratic right to decide their ow•n future.

Today, the Kashmiri people are enduring multi-faceted curbs, with their leadership incarcerated and their voice muzzled. However, the ongoing human rights violations cannot the Kashmiris’ just struggle. The international connmunitv and noedia should hig,hlight the plight of these defenseless people and hold India accountable for its brutalities and human rights violations in 1101K.

Pakistan has underscored at a nunnber of occasions that peace and stability in South Asia retnajn contingent upon peaceful resolution of the Jan) nnu and KashnÄil’ dispute In accordance wr ith [he relevant C’ NSC resolutions and aspirations of the Kashnniris. India nnust realize that it cannot suppress the freedom struggle of the Kashnniris by the use of force.

Pakistan has shown its steadfast support and solidarity with the oppressed Kashmiri brothers and sisters since the beginning of Indian Occupation in 1947. It vvill continue to do so until the final resolution of the dispute in line with the UNSC resolu and as per aspirations of the Kashmiri people.

Prime Minister of the Islamic Republic of Pakistan, on ‘Kashmir Black Day’ – 27 October 2023

Today marks the 76th anniversary of India’s occupation of the large parts of Janunu and Kashmir against the will of the local people. On 27 October 1947, India landed its troops in the Indian Illegally Occupied Jammu and Kashmir (IIOJK) for the first time. It continues to forcibly occupy this territory: ever since.

In the last seventy-six years, India has tried different methods to perpetuate its illegal rule on Jammu and Kashmir. However, an intensified campaign to ‘Indianize’ Kashmir and transform Kashmiris into a disempowered community in their own land has been in full swing since 5 August 2019. The Indian Occupation has taken a number of steps to realize these nefarious goals, including gerrymandering of the electoral constituencies, addition of non-Kashmiris to voter rolls, issuance of domicile certificates to outsiders, and introduction of new laws on ownership of land and property. These undernocratic and illegal measures are in direct contravention of the relevant UN Security Council resolutions and the Fourth Geneva Convention,

Today, the 110JK remains one of the most militarized regions of the world. The true representativ’es of the Kashmiri people have been arbitrarily detained for years. Media blackouts and censorship are being extensively imposed to conceal oppression and nouzzle dissent, “Ihousands of innocent Kashmiri men, women and children have lost their lives at the hands of Indian brutality during the last three decades, India has, however, failed to subjugate the Kashmiri people.

The latest developments in the Middle East have sh0\81Ä that the long-standing disputes should not be allowed to fester. Pushing them under the rug does not guarantee durable peace. Three successive generations of Kashmiris have waited for the world, especially the United Nations, to deliver. The world can no longer eschew its responsibility. Il owes it to the Kashmiris. The international community’ must take practical steps to hold India accountable for its excesses in 110.1K. The Indian Government must reverse the unilateral and illegal actions of’ 5th August 2019; stop its egregious human rights violations in IIOJK; and implement the relevant UN Security Counci] resolutions.

Pakistan, as always, stands shoulder-to-shoulder with its Kashmiri brethren. It will continue to extend its full moral, diplomatic and political support to their just struggle for reali7-ation of their inalienable right to self-determination.

Foreign Minister of the Islamic Republic of Pakistan, on ‘Kashmir Black Dav – 27 October 2023

27th October marks the beginning of a dark chapter in the history of Jammu and Kashnlir, On this day, seventy-six vears ago. the Indian forces landed in Srinagar to occupv this territorv.

In the subsequent years, the IJnited Nations Security Council, through several of its resolutions, upheld the fundamental ri2ht of the Kashmiri people to decide their own lilture through a f’air and impartial plebiscite. However, reneging on its repeated commitments to implement these resolutions, India continues to deny the Kashmiri people their inalienable right to self-determination.

Since S August 201 9, India has triggered a process to further consolidate its occupation of Jannnnu and Kashnnir, and to disempox\ er the Kashmiri people in their land. To achieve these goals, multi-faceted attempts to change the dennographic structure and political landscape of the Indian Illegally Occupied Jammu and Kashillir are being Inade.

The Indian Occupation is bent upon suppressinz any form of dissent. Extrellle restrictions on freedom of expression and assembly are in place. Thousands of political leaders and activ’ists remain incarcerated.

Jmnmu and Kashmir’s brave sons and daughters have valiantly resisted all Indian attelnpts at coercion and control, I avail this opportunity to pay homage to the martyrs for the Kashinir Cause and victilns of the Indian brutalities, India Iras failed to subjugate the Kashna ir5 people because of their selfless sacrifices.

Peace in South Asia remains a high priority for Pakistan. It clesire.s peaceful lies with all its neighbors, including India. However, for a durable peace in the region, the Jamnut and Kashmir dispute needs to be resolved in accordance with the UN Security Council Resolutions and aspirations of the Kaslmniri people.

In the last seven decades and a half, successive uenerations of Kashrniris have ivaited for the United Nations to deliver on its conmnitments. The international conununity Illust urge India to stop the ongoing human rights violations in reverse the unilateral and illegal actions of 5 August 2019; and implement the Security Council Resolutions.

For its part, Pakistan stands in cotnplete solidarity with the Kashmiri people in their struggle for realization of their inalienable right to self-deternnination. It will continue to extend its frill political, moral and diplomatic support to their just strugule.

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