Pakistan rejects bifurcation of IOK

By Staff Reporter
Friday – November 1, 2019
ISLAMABAD: Pakistan rejected the ‘bifurcation’ of Indian occupied Kashmir (IOK) into two Union Territories (UTs), on Thursday, changing of status quo in the IOK is in complete violation of the United Nations (UN) Security Council (UNSC) resolutions and bilateral agreements between India and Pakistan, especially the Simla agreement.

According to an official statement, the IOK is an internationally recognised disputed territory.

No step by the government of India (GoI) can change this. These changes are illegal and void as per the relevant UNSC resolutions, and do not prejudice the right to self-determination of the people of IOK.

Pakistan will particularly underline that the measures announced by India on August 5, 2019, were forced upon the people of IOK through the barrel of gun by turning the region into a prison by deploying over 900,000 Indian security forces.

Political leaders, civil society members, and common people including women and young children remain under illegal detention.

An iron curtain remains in place on more than 8 million Kashmiri people snapping their communications with the outside world.

Curfew remains imposed and movement of people restricted. Many people, especially women and children, are being continuously abused and tortured by Indian occupation forces.

The illegal and unilateral changes effected by India are in no way an internal matter as the IOK dispute remains on the agenda of the UNSC.

Furthermore, contrary to the false projection by the Indian authorities, the purpose of these illegal changes in IOK is neither development of the region nor welfare of the Kashmiri people.

The real motive is to alter the demographic structure of the Muslim majority state in pursuance of the extremist Hindutva ideology.

The international community must take notice that transfer of civilian population from outside into IOK is in grave violation of the international laws particularly the fourth Geneva convention.

The people of IOK will never accept the illegal and forceful occupation. The illegal unilateral actions taken by India would only further aggravate the human rights situation in the IOK and threaten to destabilise the peace, security and stability of the South Asian region as well as the world.

 India should stop brutalising the innocent Kashmiris who are suffering under its illegal occupation for the last seven decades.

India should immediately withdraw its military forces from the region, remove draconian laws, restore basic human rights of the people, free all detainees, lift all restrictions on the free movement and communications, allow unimpeded and full access to the UN and other international human rights observers, including independent foreign media.

It is imperative that India implements the UNSC resolutions on the right of Kashmiris to self-determination, without further prevarication. 

Pakistan will continue to extend its full moral, political and diplomatic support to the suffering Kashmiri brothers and sisters until the realisation of the inalienable right to self-determination, in accordance with UNSC resolutions.