Revocation Article 370: India violates commitment made in UN
Indian oppression cannot deter Kashmiris’ resolve for freedom: Qureshi
Foreign Minister Shah Mehmood Qureshi on Monday said that the Indian government has committed violation of Simla Agreement by revoking special status of occupied Jammu and Kashmir given under Article 370. Answering to question, Qureshi said that Islamabad’s position is very clear and strong in legal prospects and Pakistan will raise voice for Kashmiris’ rights internationally.
While talking to news channel, the foreign minister clarified that Pakistan will not accept the revocation of special status for occupied Kashmir through a presidential order in the Indian parliament. [Indian Prime Minister] Narendra Modi wants to impose Hindutva’s thoughts in held Kashmir. The value of the presidential order regarding IoK is not more than a piece of paper which is an attempt to make Kashmiris hostage by the New Delhi authorities.
India violated the Simla Agreement by eliminating the special status of occupied Kashmir’ New Delhi cannot change the status of occupied Jammu and Kashmir and Islamabad will not accept this move at any cost. I want to request the United Nations (UN) Secretary-General to play his role. The neighbouring country had earlier rejected mediation offer of US President Donald Trump.
The Indian move compromises regional peace, whereas, Amnesty International (AI) has also expressed serious concerns over the development. We were getting signals that India is going to make a bigger development and Pakistan had expressed concerns before the UN secretary-general. He questioned the international community whether it wanted to maintain silence over the grave situation of occupied Kashmir which was also a conspiracy against the ongoing Afghanistan peace process.
The Foreign Office on Monday summoned the Indian High Commissioner and conveyed a strong demarche over the actions taken by the Indian government with regard to Indian Occupied Kashmir (IoK). According to a statement issued by FO, the foreign secretary conveyed Pakistan’s unequivocal rejection of these illegal actions as they are in breach of international law and several UN Security Council resolutions.
Pakistan’s resolute condemnation of the unlawful actions aimed at further consolidating the illegal occupation of Indian Occupied Jammu and Kashmir (IOK) was underscored, said a press release. The foreign secretary also condemned the preceding pre-meditated steps such as complete lock-down of IOK, deployment of additional 180,000 troops, the imposition of curfew, the house arrest of Kashmiri leaders and suspension of communication services, among others.
The foreign secretary called upon India to halt and reverse its unlawful and destabilizing actions, ensure full compliance with UN Security Council resolutions, and refrain from any further action that could entail serious implications. The FO reiterated that Pakistan will continue to extend political, diplomatic and moral support to the indigenous legitimate Kashmiri people’s struggle for the realisation of their inalienable right to self-determination.
Later, the Foreign Office on Monday briefed the ambassadors of P-5 countries about the Indian aggression, new developments on Kashmir in India and deteriorating situation in the occupied valley. According to the details, Foreign Secretary Sohail Mahmood briefed the ambassadors of the permanent members of the United Nations Security Council (also known as the Permanent Five or P-5) at Ministry of Foreign Affairs in Islamabad.
He apprise the ambassadors that India had put the regional peace and stability at risk by revoking Article-370 of its constitution to scrap special status of occupied Kashmir. Indian aggression and use of use of cluster ammunition by Indian forces on civilian pollution along the line of control were also discussed in the briefing, said sources.
Earlier in the day, Prime Minister Imran Khan had telephoned Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan and apprised him about the prevailing situation in Indian Occupied Kashmir (IoK).
During the telephonic conversation, Turkish president had expressed deep concern over the deteriorating situation in the occupied Kashmir.
PM Khan had reiterated that Pakistan would continue its diplomatic, moral and political support to the cause of Kashmiri struggle for their right to self-determination, as enshrined in the United Nations Security Council resolutions.