Leadership Messages on Kashmir Black Day

MESSAGE FROM DR ARIF ALVI
PRESIDENT OF THE ISLAMIC REPUBLIC OF PAKISTAN
(On the occasion of the Kashmir Black Day i.e., 27 October 2021)

Seventy-four years ago, on 27th October 1947, lndia deployed troops to
Srinagar in an unlawful intervention and illegally occupied Jammu & Kashmir.
The reign of terror and oppression that started on that day continues unabated.

Successive Indian governments during the course of seven decades have
subjected the people of Kashmir to worst forms of state-terrorism. The fascist regime
of BlP, under the Hindutva ideology, has started persecuting Muslims and other
minority communities. Moreover, India took illegal and unilateral actions on 5 August
2019 to deprive the Kashmiri people of their economic, political and land rights and
change the demography of the IIOfK. Pakistan would not accept these illegal actions
as they are in clear violation of several UNSC resolutions and the intemational law.

India’s use of state-terrorism against Kashmiris including extra-judicial
killings, fake encounters, cordon-and-search operations, custodial torture, enforced
disappearanceg incarceration of Kashmiri leadership use of pellet guns, and
deskuction of houses has not succeeded in breaking the will of the Kashmiris.
Kashmiri people remain steadfast and have written with their blood a glorious chapter
of commitment, courage and sacrifice in the annals of history.

Contrary to Indian claims, Jammu and Kashmir is an internationally
recognized dispute that has been on the agenda of the UN Security Council for over
seven decades. Pakistan calls upon the intemational community to take practical steps
to hold India accountable for its gross and systematic human rights violations in
IIOIK. Peaceful resolution of the Jammu and Kashmir dispute, in accordance with the
relevant UNSC Resolutions and wishes of the Kashmiri people, is the only way to
ensure peace in the region.

Pakistan pays tribute to the resilience and the indomitable spirit of the brave
Kashmiris. India’s illegal occupation of Jammu and Kashmir will definitely come to
an end. The entire Pakistani nation will continue to stand with our Kashmiri brothers
and sisters in their iust struggle for self-determination in accordance with the relevant
UNSC resolutions.

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Prime Minister’s Messase on Kashmir Black Day
(27 October 202l)
Pakistan and millions of Kashmiris observe the Kashmir Black Day every 27
October to condemn the beginning of the illegal occupation of parts of the State of
Jammu and Kashmir by India. It is also a day to commemorate the countless
sacrifices Kashmiris have made and continue to make as they resist the inhuman
occupation and subjugation by India against their will.

India’s illegal occupation was meant to suppress the legitimate aspirations of
the Kashmiri people to freely determine their future, but even after seven decades of
brutal rule by Indian Occupation Forces, the will of the Kashmiris remains strong.
We salute Kashmiri men, women and children for their resolve, courage and
determination. Kashmiris are an inspiration for all freedom-loving people in the
world.

The long outstanding Jammu and Kashmir dispute has been on the agenda of
the UN Security Council since January 1948. It is an intemationally recognized
dispute as affirmed by numerous UNSC resolutions.

Having accepted the UNSC resolutions, and despite the solemn commitments
made by the Govemment of India to the Security Council, Pakistan, other states and
to the people of Jammu & Kashmir Indian unilateral action of 5th August 2019
shows its sheer disregard of intemational law, global community, aspirations of
Kashmiri People let alone the UNSC Resolutions.

Unfortunately, today’s India is ruled by the RSS ideology whose exffemist
worldview has no place for Muslims or other minorities. This has led the ruling BJP
to resort to more brutal ways for suppression of Kashmiri voices being raised to
attain their well-deserved right of self-determination.

It has been 815 days since India imposed military siege, media blackout and
other restrictions along with unilateral and illegal action of 5 August 2}lg. The ”’41,
human suffering in the shape of extra-judicial killings in fake encounters, rape and
other gross violations of human rights is unspeakable. The introduction of Domicile
Laws by the Indian Government to change the demography of the Valley shows
Indian intention to change the ground realities regarding this internationally
recognized dispute.

Pakistan in the Past two years have firmly opposed such Indian actions and
unequivocally supported the rights of oppressed Kashmiris. Pakistan has raised the
Jammu & Kashmir issue at every forum, including the UN, OIC and bilaterally with
important world leaders and capitals.

Signrificantly, for the first time in 55 years, the Jammu and Kashmir dispute
has been deliberated upon by the UN Security Council. UNSC has thrice taken up
the dispute thereby debunking the false Indian claim that it is an “internal” matter of
India.

Today, there is increased scrutiny and censure oflndia by the international
community including the UN and other human rights bodies. But, it is not enough.
The dossier on lndia’s human rights violations in IIOJK that Pakistan unveiled last
month should be an eye-opener for the world. It has irrefutable evidence of India’s
rogue behavior. The UN Security Council has the responsibility to take steps to
ensure the implementation of its resolutions, enabling the people of Jammu and
Kashmir to realize their right to self-determination.

A just and peaceful settlement of the Jammu and Kashmir dispute, in
accordance with Security Council resolutions and the wishes of the Kashmiri people,
is indispensable for durable peace and stability in South Asia.I reassure my Kashmiri
brothers and sisters that Pakistan will continue to provide all possible support and
stand shoulder to shoulder with them till the realization of their legitimate and
inalienable right to self-determination.

I also urge the intemational community to play its role in pressing India to
stop forthwith its human rights violations in IIOJK, and let the Kashmiris decide
their own future in accordance with UNSC Resolutions.

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Message by the Foreign Minister on Kashmir Black Day
(27 October 2021)
27th October 1947 is one of the darkest days for Kashmiris. The
illegal Indian occupation of Jammu and Kashmir which began on that
day smothered the legitimate aspiration of the Kashmiri people to
determine their own destiny. Bitter legacy of this act of betrayal
continues to weigh heavily on the conscience of humanity.
The people of Indian Illegally Occupied Jammu and Kashmir
(IIOJK) have endured endless atrocities. But the occupation forces’
ruthlessness has not blunted the resolve of Kashmiris to throw off
India’s yoke.

The incumbent BJP-RSS combine in India has intensified cruelty
against Kashmiris. The Kashmiri people remain under siege, their
leadership incarcerated and their youth targeted in staged ‘cordon and
search’ operations. But the multi-layered lockdowns and human rights
violations cannot dampen the Kashmiris’ indigenous struggle in which
thousands of martyrs have rendered the ultimate sacrifice.

India has not only reneged on its obligations to the people of
Jammu and Kashmir, but has also thumbed its nose at multilateralism by
backtracking on the UNSC resolutions.

The unilateral and illegal actions of August 5,2019 are in blatant
violation of UNSC resolutions and intemational law. Efforts to effect a
demographic change and perpetuate Indian illegal occupation in the
disputed territory are cynical attempts by India to break the will of the
Kashmiris and silence them.

The dream of stability and peace in South Asia and the world at
large will remain elusive until the Jammu and Kashmir dispute is
resolved in accordance with the relevant UNSC resolutions and
aspirations of Kashmiris. India must realize that it cannot suppress the
freedom struggle of the Kashmiris by the indiscriminate use of brute
force. In fact the senseless Indian oppression has only steeled the resolve
of the Kashmiri people to stand firm in their just struggle.
Pakistan has been highlighting Indian aggression and warning the
world about ever-growing intolerance in India. Under the incumbent
govemment, India has not only demonized the Muslims but is also
subjecting other minorities and scheduled castes to discrimination.
Indian government’s manifest hatred for Muslims and other non-Hindu
minorities is testimony enough of its unimaginably inhuman conduct in
IIOJK. Pakistan has repeatedly provided irrefutable evidence of Indian
atrocities and nefarious designs to the world – the latest being the
Dossier on “Indian Human Rights Violations in Indian Illegally
Occupied Jammu and Kashmir (IIOJK)” released on 12 September
2021.

The world must stop the human catastrophe unfolding in IIOJK.
The international civil society and media are also obligated to highlight
the plight of the defenseless Kashmiris.

Under the leadership of Prime Minister Imran Khan, we in
Pakistan are determined to extend complete support to our Kashmiri
brothers and sisters and stand in solidarity with them. We will continue
to do so until the final resolution of the dispute in line with the UNSC
resolutions and as per aspirations of the Kashmiri people.

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