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PM Imran Khan reminds UN of its commitment made to Kashmiri people in 1949

On this Kashmiris' right to self-determination day, the premier calls upon the international community, especially the United Nations, to fulfill its decades-old commitment made to the Kashmiri people. 

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In light of the Kashmiris’ right to self-determination day, Prime Minister Imran Khan, in a series of tweets on Monday emphasized Pakistan’s resolve to stand by the people of Kashmir demanding their right to self-determination which was guaranteed to them by the United Nations on January 5, 1949. 

On this Kashmiris’ right to self-determination day, the premier calls upon the international community, especially the United Nations, to fulfill its decades-old commitment made to the Kashmiri people. 

“On 5th January 1949, the United Nations guaranteed the right to self-determination for the people of Jammu and Kashmir through an impartial plebiscite. We observe this day as a reminder to the UN & its member states of their unfulfilled commitment to the Kashmiri people,” the premier’s tweet read.

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PM Khan further highlighted the resilience Kashmiri people and their generations have displayed despite 73 years of brutal Indian occupation, their demand for autonomy has remained unwavering. 

“Despite suffering 73 years of brutal Indian Occupation, generation after generation of the Kashmiri people remain steadfast in the demand for their inalienable right to self-determination as guaranteed to them under the UN Charter and by the UNSC,” PM Khan stated.

The atrocities and human rights violations have reached a new high in IIOJK under the Modi-BJP regime. In 2019, the Indian government revoked Article 370 and 35A from the Constitution, which granted a special autonomous status to Kashmir. To avoid backlash, the IIOJK on August 5, was put under siege and an indefinite communication blackout and curfew.

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PM Khan has always been vocal about Pakistan’s stance on the Kashmir issue, on national as well as several international fronts. He has always maintained that the people of Kashmir be should be given their inalienable right to self-determination. 

In 2019, PM Khan delivered a historic speech at the United Nations General Assembly where he highlighted the plight of Kashmiri people that had been under siege for more than 50 days at that time. 

He spoke for over 20 minutes and castigated the international community for doing nothing because India has a market of 1.2 billion people, for forgetting the 100,000 Kashmiris that had died the past thirty years and the 11,000 women that had been raped. He asked them a rhetorical question: What do you think will happen when the curfew is lifted? What will the Kashmiris think – after being boxed up for 55 days, 13,000 boys picked up, no rights, and treated like animals.

He painted a grim picture for the world that there will be a bloodbath as the boys come out and the soldiers start shooting. Kashmiris can only be radicalized after this and there can only be another Pulwama and India will blame Pakistan he warned.

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In his tweets, the premier reiterated that Pakistan will stand shoulder to shoulder with the Kashmiri people until they are not given their right to self-determination.

“Pakistan stands unequivocally with the Kashmiri people in their struggle for freedom from the tyranny of one of the most ruthless, inhumane & illegal Occupations in modern history,” read his tweet.

The premier called upon the international community to take notice of the grave human rights violations by the Indian government in IIOJK with no remorse.

“We call on the international community to take action against the well-documented human rights violations being committed with impunity by Indian Occupation forces against innocent Kashmiri men, women & children; & to ensure Kashmiris get their right to self-determination,” PM Khan maintained.

Besides PM Khan, Pakistani leadership including Dr. Arif Alvi also reminded the UN of its commitment to Kashmir. Pakistan will always remain committed to the just cause of the Kashmiri people, the President said.

“Every year on 5th January, Kashmiris across the world mark this day as a reminder to the United Nations of its commitment to the people of Jammu and Kashmir for the right to self-determination through a free and impartial plebiscite,” read a tweet issued by the official handle of the President of Pakistan. 

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“Kashmiris remain steadfast in their struggle for Right to Self-Determination guaranteed by UN resolutions and the UN charter. The world must act to fulfill its responsibility. Pakistan on its part will always remain committed to the just cause of the people of Jammu & Kashmir,” it added.

Pakistan’s Foreign Minister, Shah Mahmood Qureshi also took to Twitter to express Pakistan’s full support to Kashmiris in their demand for the right to self-determination. 

“On the 72nd anniversary of UNCIP’s commitment to resolving the Jammu & Kashmir dispute through free & impartial plebiscite under the UN auspices, Pakistan reaffirms its full support to Kashmiris in their just demand for realization of their inalienable right to self-determination,” stated the Foreign Minister.

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