Pakistan on Saturday debunked Indian Prime Minister Narendra Modi’s preposterous and fallacious claims about ‘democracy’ in the Indian Illegally Occupied Jammu and Kashmir (IIOJK), following the so-called election of District Development Council.
“The RSS-BJP brand of ‘democracy’ only means the muzzling of the Kashmiri voice and will, under the bayonets of Indian army guns. The ‘new chapter’ that the RSS-BJP regime is writing in IIOJK is one marked by brutal military siege since 5 August 2019, egregious violations of human rights in the occupied territory, and untold sufferings for the Kashmiri people,” foreign office spokesperson said in a press release.
According to a spokesperson, the false Indian narratives could neither deceive the Kashmiri people nor mislead the international community.
“Nor can they divert attention from the core issue of the Kashmiris’ inalienable right to self-determination,” it was added.
Rather than resort to diversions and obfuscations, the spokesperson said India should end its illegal occupation and meet its obligation of holding a plebiscite allowing the Kashmiris to exercise their right of self-determination as enshrined in the relevant UN Security Council resolutions.
Pakistan highlighted the struggle of peoples in occupied Palestine and Kashmir for their right of self-determination at an event organized by Russia, South Africa, and Vietnam on 18th December to mark the 60th anniversary of the landmark UN Declaration on Decolonization.
The commemorative meeting, held on the sidelines of the 75th session of the UN General Assembly, was attended by nearly 100 member states.
“Today, this declaration has become an epitome of freedom struggle from colonial oppression, alien domination, and foreign occupation,” Aamir Khan, deputy permanent representative of Pakistan to the UN, told the meeting.
But sixty years on, he said millions of people in the “non-governing territories” and under occupation in Palestine, Kashmir, as well as other situations, continue to yearn for their inalienable right to self-determination.
“The ongoing oppression of Kashmiris for the last seven decades. especially since 5 August 2019, is regrettable, illegal and in violation of the UN Charter, Security Council resolutions and international law,” Aamir Khan said, noting that the UN and its various bodies had frequently denounced these measures and policies.