Pakistan will ensure right to self-determination for Kashmiris

By Staff Reporter
Saturday – August 7, 2021
WASHINGTON DC (United States): Condemning in the strongest terms the Hindutva inspired policies of Indian prime minister (PM) Narendra Modi’s government and its brutal repression of Kashmiris in the Indian illegally occupied Jammu and Kashmir (IIOJK), the national security advisor (NSA) Moeed Yusuf emphasised, on Thursday, that the government of PM Imran Khan and people of Pakistan are heavily invested in getting our Kashmiri brethren their right to self-determination.

According to a press release, the embassy of Pakistan in Washington DC organised a special event to observe the Youm-e-Istehsal Kashmir on the second anniversary of India’s illegal and unilateral actions of August 5, 2019, in the disputed territory of Jammu and Kashmir. NSA Yusuf was the key note speaker on the occasion.

NSA Yusuf expressed Pakistan’s unflinching support for the just struggle of the Kashmiri people for their inalienable right to self-determination as envisaged in the United Nations (UN) Security Council (UNSC) resolutions and in accordance with the wishes of the Kashmiri people.

Pakistan will continue to avail every possible political, diplomatic and legal option to achieve this objective.

Pakistan’s ambassador to the United States (US) Asad M. Khan lauded the role of the Pakistani and Kashmiri American community in highlighting the gross human rights’ violations in IIOJK and bringing the voice of innocent Kashmiris to the US government and halls of the US congress.

He stressed upon them to continue raising their voice to sensitise the US government, the congress and the civil society on the need for an early resolution of this grave issue.

Georgetown University (GU) professor Imtiaz Khan and Johns Hopkins (JH) School of Advanced International Studies (JH-SoAIS) special assistant to dean Danielle Khan expressed their sheer pain and grief over the continued torture and inhumane treatment meted to Kashmiri people in IIOJK.

They called upon the international community, particularly the US to take practical steps to urge India to end its human rights’ violations in IIOJK.

A political analyst and human rights’ activist Col (R) Wesley Martin in his remarks drew attention towards the grave security threat posed by the Indian actions and called upon the UN secretary general to send peace keeping mission to IIOJK to stop Indian genocide of Kashmiris.

He said that history was witness to the drastic results of inaction by the international community on such genocides in the past.

The embassy also arranged a photo exhibition highlighting the recent spate of Indian atrocities and massive human rights’ violations in the IIOJK.

The event was well attended by participants from diverse backgrounds, who expressed their support and solidarity for the people of IIOJK.

Messages of the president and PM of Pakistan were read out on the occasion. A special video message from the president of Azad Jammu and Kashmir (AJK) and a short documentary highlighting the context of Indian illegal actions of August 5, 2019, was also screened.