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A Seminar was held today at the Pakistan High Commission Pretoria to mark the Youm-e-Istehsal (Exploitation Day), Jammu Kashmir 2022 falling on 5th August. The day marks the completion of three years since India’s illegal action of revoking the special status of Indian Illegally Occupied Jammu Kashmir (IIOJK).

The program was attended by around 30 intellectuals, academia, diplomats, journalists and Kashmir activists. Key note address was given by Dr. Haroon Aziz, titled ‘The Morphology of Article 370 of the Constitution of India from a South African liberationist perspective’. Dr. Haroon Aziz was himself imprisoned several times for struggle against apartheid. He is author of a large number of renowned books.

Speakers and participants condemned India’s illegal action of 5 August 2019 and the atrocities committed by the Indian security forces in the illegally occupied territory. They urged an early resolution of the Jammu Kashmir dispute according to the wishes of the people of Jammu Kashmir as enshrined in UN Security Council Resolutions. They also paid tribute to the martyrs of Kashmir, the freedom struggle and reaffirmed their unwavering support to the freedom of the people of the Jammu and Kashmir.

In his remarks, High Commissioner Mazhar Javed highlighted the illegal nature of India action of 5 August 2019 which was in clear violation of international law and the UN Security Council resolutions. The High Commissioner also exposed the India’s malicious campaign to convert the Muslims in IIOJK from a majority to a minority by issuing domiciles to non-Kashmiris and by reallocation of electoral constituencies through the so-called ‘delimitation commission’.


04 August 2022

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