Former Chief of Army Staff General Raheel Sharif (Retd), on Tuesday, broke his silence over the heightened human rights violations in Indian-occupied Kashmir, stating that India’s fascist regime has surpassed all limits.
Addressing a ceremony to commemorate the Defence and Martyr’s day at the Pakistan Embassy in Riyadh, Gen Raheel Sharif, the commander of the Islamic military counter-terrorism coalition, raised his voice against the atrocities committed in the disputed Himalayan territory of Kashmir.
Fascist India committing Muslim Genocide
Gen (Retd) Raheel Sharif condemned the fascist Indian regime for committing unprecedented atrocities against unarmed Kashmiri civilians and warned against the agendas of the Modi administration to undertake genocide of Muslims.
Gen Raheel Sharif said, “Kashmir is an unfinished agenda of the partition, and it must be resolved as per the UN resolutions and aspirations of the Kashmiri people to ensure lasting peace in the region.”
The former Chief of Army Staff urged the international community to take note of the heightened humanitarian crisis and take immediate steps to demand New Delhi to put an end to its barbarism.
India’s unilateral actions of 5th August 2019 of altering the status of Occupied Jammu & Kashmir, recognized as a disputed territory by the UN Security Council, are illegal under international law.
He stressed that Kashmir is the jugular vein of Pakistan and the nation will continue to support the Kashmiri cause on the diplomatic front. He observed that today, the Pakistan Army stands as a battle-hardened and unbeatable force.
Gen Raheel paid rich tributes to the martyrs of the Pakistan armed forces who laid their lives for the sanctity and security of the motherland and sacrificed themselves to win the war against terrorism.
He noted that the Pakistan army has exhibited unparalleled valor and spirit during times of war, and it stands as one of the most battle-hardened forces that is ready to accept any challenge with honor and dignity.
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The former Army Chief appreciated the efforts made by Prime Minister Imran Khan, Pakistan armed forces and the nation to highlight the Kashmiri struggle for freedom and self-determination.
Kashmir: World’s Largest Prison
Foreign Minister Shah Mehmood Qureshi, in his recent address at the Human Rights Council in Geneva, accused the Modi administration of turning Kashmir into the largest prison in the world, with an unprecedented communications blackout, and barbaric repressive tactics aimed at altering the demography of the Muslim-dominated disputed territory of Kashmir.
The Foreign Minister said, “For the last six weeks, India has transformed Occupied Jammu & Kashmir into the largest prison on this planet, with virtually no access to basic amenities and means of communication.”
“Shops are running short of supplies, hospitals of life-saving medicines, and the sick and wounded – many of them due to the direct and indiscriminate use of force by the Indian occupation forces – unable to access even emergency health services. For six weeks and counting, Kashmir’s political leadership of all shades has been held under house arrest, imprisoned and gagged.”
The Foreign Minister condemned the arrests of over 6000 people, including students, professionals, journalists, activities and political workers, many of who are being forcibly shipped to jails across India. Shah Mehmood Qureshi categorically rejected that the longstanding dispute of Indian occupied Kashmir is an internal affair of India and stressed that it is a bilateral matter between the two neighbors. He demanded the international community to take notice of the escalating humanitarian crisis.
Putting forward Pakistan’s demands, supported by 50 other countries, Qureshi demanded the UNHRC to demand New Delhi to put an immediate end to the prolonged curfew
The Foreign Minister stressed that India’s refusal to grant the right to self-determination and freedom is the root cause of the 70-years old dispute over the disputed Himalayan valley of Kashmir. Qureshi said, “India’s assertion that these actions are its “internal affair” is patently false.”
He added, “This seven-decade-old travesty of justice, has been compounded by the present Indian government’s nefarious and twisted dream – outlined explicitly in the ruling party’s manifesto – to turn, by force of arms, Jammu and Kashmir’s Muslim majority community into a minority.”
“India’s unilateral actions of 5th August 2019 of altering the status of Occupied Jammu & Kashmir, recognized as a disputed territory by the UN Security Council, are illegal under international law. With these illegal changes, India’s presence is, by its own yardstick, naked foreign occupation.”
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Qureshi warned, “These measures contravene the Fourth Geneva Convention that prohibits migration to and from an occupied territory. They are also a flagrant violation of several UN Security Council Resolutions.”
Putting forward Pakistan’s demands, supported by 50 other countries, Qureshi demanded the UNHRC to demand New Delhi to put an immediate end to the prolonged curfew, free all political prisoners, end barbaric and repressive tactics, and allow UN human rights missions and international free access to reveal ground realities on violence and human rights violations.