The Embassy of Pakistan in Kyiv observed 5th February as Kashmir Solidarity Day to reiterate the unwavering support of the people and Government of Pakistan with our Kashmiri brethren and highlight the atrocities being committed by India against the innocent Kashmiris in the Indian Occupied Jammu & Kashmir (IOJ&K). The event started with recitation of the Holy Quran. Afterwards, the messages of President, Dr. ArifAlvi and Prime Minister Imran Khan were read out on the occasion.
H.E. Dr. Noel I. Khokhar, Ambassador of Pakistan to Ukraine, during his remarks, spoke about the serious human rights situation in Indian Illegally Occupied Jammu and Kashmir (IIOJK). He said that in order to implement the nefarious Hindutva agenda of the RSS-BJP, Indian Government unilaterally scrapped Article 370 and 35A in August 2019. The purpose of revocation of these articles was to further subjugate the people of IIOJK by relocating Hindus and converting Muslim majority into a minority which may ultimately alter the results of a free and impartial plebiscite if ever held in IIOJK. He said that since 5th August 2019 the Indian security forces have imposed complete lockdown of the valley and illegal searches, investigations, arrests and detentions have become a norm. He further informed that these measures are causing immense suffering to the Kashmiri people especially women, children, the elderly and sick.
The Ambassador expressed the due to Modi’s Government extreme, desperate and illegal actions of 5th August 2019, the Kashmir dispute has once again become the focus of attention of international community. Since 5th August 2019, the Kashmir issue has been raised and discussed thrice in the United Nations which has once again supported Pakistan’s claim that IIOJK is an internationally recognized disputed territory, on the agenda of the UN, to be resolved as per the wishes of Kashmiris an UNSC resolutions. The world has taken notice of the Indian atrocities and human rights violations in the IIOJK. The UN Secretary General, UN High Commissioner for Human Rights, the United Nation’s Rights Experts, Human Rights Watch, Amnesty International, the Parliament of European Union and OIC have expressed deep concern over the human rights violations in Kashmir and have called on India to lift curfew, remove communication blackout, respect and protect human rights of the Kashmiri people.
The Ambassador said that the Government of Pakistan condemns the illegal, unilateral, reckless and coercive attempt by India to alter the disputed status of IIOJK as enshrined in the UNSC Resolutions. Pakistan will continue to provide moral, diplomatic and political support to the Kashmiri people till the fate of IIOJK is decided according to the UNSC resolutions and wishes of its people.
Pakistan also stresses the international community to take notice of the repeated ceasefire violations by the Indian security forces along the Line of Control (LoC). Indian actions in Kashmir and along the LoC are serving as a flash point for a nuclear conflict between Pakistan and India.
The Ambassador further said that Pakistan urges the top world bodies to take serious note of India’s malicious agenda, which has been recently exposed through the publication of Indian Chronicles. The EU DisinfoLab recently issued its latest report titled “Indian Chronicles-Subsequent Investigations: Deep dive into a 15-year operation targeting EU and UN to serve Indian interest”, revealing a vast network of fake media outlets, think-tanks and NGOs involved in abuse of international organizations.
A documentary on Kashmir highlighting the serious human rights violations in the IIOJK was screened. Banners, posters and panaflexes showing the atrocities against Kashmiris were also displayed.