India encroached Kashmir on Oct 27, 1947: Qazi

By Monitoring Desk
Sunday – October 27, 2019
ANKARA (Turkey): The Pakistani envoy to Turkey Syrus Sajjad Qazi, addressing the participants of an event to mark the Kashmir Black Day, on Saturday reminded the Turkish youth that on October 27, 1947, the overwhelmingly Muslim majority state of Jammu and Kashmir was forcibly occupied by India, against the wishes and aspiration of the Kashmiris.

According to an official statement, this illegal aggression, he added, resulted not only in one of the worst human rights situations of recent times in the Indian occupied Kashmir (IOK) but also gave birth to a protracted dispute that continues to threaten regional and international peace and security.

Ambassador Qazi underlined that India continued to blatantly violate the relevant United Nations (UN) Security Council (UNSC) resolutions on Jammu and Kashmir that guaranteed the Kashmiris their inalienable right to self-determination.

He added that India’s illegal and unilateral steps of August 5, 2019, yet again, were in direct contravention of these resolutions and were hence condemnable in the strongest possible terms.

Ambassador Qazi also expressed a deep concern at the prevailing human rights and humanitarian situation in the IOK, as well as at the rising tide of right-wing Hindu extremism and Islamophobia in India, that continues to target Muslims in general and Kashmiris in particular.

He expressed a deep gratitude for the people and the Government of Turkey for their consistent, principled and just support for the resolution of the IOK dispute.

Ambassador Qazi also thanked the members of the Anadolu youth association (AYA), whom he was addressing on Saturday, for highlighting the issue as well as for raising their voice in support of the oppressed Kashmiris.

He emphasised that the international community too must fulfil its moral responsibility by ending the ongoing Indian atrocities in the IOK and by allowing Kashmiris their right to self-determination.