Cabinet condemns Indian brutalities in IOK

By Staff Reporter
Tuesday – April 3, 2018
ISLAMABAD: A special meeting of the federal cabinet chaired by prime minister (PM) Shahid Khaqan Abbasi was held on Monday to review the current situation arising from the recent Indian brutalities and killings in the Indian occupied Jammu and Kashmir.

According to an official statement, it adopted the resolution, “The federal cabinet strongly condemned the brutal and in-discriminatory use of force by the Indian occupation forces that resulted in the martyrdom of more than 20 innocent Kashmiris in Shopian and Anantnag in the Indian occupied Jammu and Kashmir.”

The federal cabinet emphatically condemned the suspension of communication services, especially the internet in the valley, and underscored that such reprehensible Indian attempts aimed at silencing the voice of the Kashmiris from reaching the international community will never succeed.

The federal cabinet paid a rich tribute to the brave and resilient people of Indian occupied Jammu and Kashmir who have been continuously demonstrating against the brutal repression, incarceration, torture and extra judicial killing perpetrated by the illegal Indian occupation forces.

The federal cabinet emphatically condemned the draconian laws, including prevention of terrorism act (POTA), terrorist and disruptive activities act (TADA), public safety act (PSA) and armed forces special powers act (AFSPA) imposed by India in Indian occupied Jammu and Kashmir.

It further stressed that the deteriorating situation in the Indian occupied Kashmir (IOK) and the Indian escalation at the working boundary (WB) and the line of control (LoC) is a flashpoint and a threat to regional peace and tranquility.

Expressing solidarity with the people of Jammu and Kashmir the federal cabinet urged the international community to take cognisance of the gross and systematic human rights’ violations of the Kashmiris in IOK and requested the office of the high commissioner for human rights and the organisation of Islamic cooperation (OIC) independent permanent human rights commission to send fact finding missions to the Indian occupied Jammu and Kashmir.

The Cabinet also reiterated the PM’s request to the united nations (UN) secretary general to appoint a special envoy for Jammu and Kashmir with a mandate flowing from the unimplemented UN security council resolutions.

The federal cabinet also decided to send special envoys of the PM, including the president of Azad Jammu Kashmir (AJK), to selected capitals to highlight the deteriorating situation in the IOK.

The federal cabinet declared that April 6, 2018, be observed as Kashmir solidarity day in support of our Kashmiri brothers and sisters against the Indian brutalities. Some cabinet members will participate in the joint session of the AJK legislative assembly on April 4, 2018.