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“Since illegal occupation of Kashmir by Indian forces, the Indian government and its agencies have not given any respite in oppressing and torturing the Kashmirisof Indian Illegally Occupied Jammu & Kashmir (IIOJK)” said Raza Bashir Tarar, High Commissioner of Pakistan to Canada while participating in a webinar on human rights situation in IIOJK.

High Commissioner Tarar said that the resilient and brave people of IIOJK have stood up to the Indian atrocities and even after a long torturous period of 72 years the Kashmiris are still fighting for their rightofself-determination. Indian authorities and media have tried to portray this self-determination fight as terrorism, which is outrageous. Kashmiris were assured of their right of self-determination by the highest body in the world that is United National Security Council (UNSC), he added.

While deliberating on the issue, the High Commissioner informed that Kashmir is the world’s longest running conflict; acutely dangerous flash point and one of the most militarized zones in the world.He underlined that the Hindutva ideology is a serious threat to the regional peace and security and minorities in India are not longer safe.

The High Commissioner reiterated that the government of Pakistan and its people are fully committed to the Kashmir cause and the world is slowly recognizing the extremist nature of the Modi government and the continued oppression against Kashmiris in IIOJK. “Kashmiris are resilient nation who have been under an uninterrupted military siege for the last one-yearand Pakistan calls upon UN to implement its resolutions with regards to Jammu and Kashmir’ he concluded.

Prominent Canada based human rights advocates including; Dr. Zafar Bangash, Ms. Karen Rodman, Fareed Khan, Dr. FoziaAlvi, Dr. Shabana Haider and Farhan Mujahid Chakalso participated in the webinar and highlighted several aspects of the human rights situation in IIOJK. Abdul Hameed, Consul General, Toronto moderated the webinar.

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