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Tuesday, May 21, 2024

World Human Rights Day: Pakistan Stands with Kashmiri Struggle

On the occasion of the global Human Rights Day, Prime Minister Imran Khan, President Dr. Arif Alvi and other leaders have urged the international community to put an end to the appeasement of the fascist Indian government and safeguard the rights of the oppressed people in Indian occupied Jammu & Kashmir.

Prime Minister Imran Khan, on global Human Rights Day, appealed to the conscience of the international community to act against the “illegal annexation” of occupied Jammu and Kashmir (J&K) by the Narendra Modi-led Indian government.

Human Rights Day is observed across the world on December 10, in honor of all the grave human rights violations and acceptance of the Universal Declaration of Human Rights, which encourages individual, religious and political freedom.

India’s Illegal Annexation of J&K

Prime Minister Imran Khan tweeted, “On Human Rights day we must appeal to the world’s conscience, to upholders of international law & to the UNSC to act against the illegal annexation of IOJK by the Indian Occupation govt.”

“We condemn the Occupying Indian govt’s siege of IOJK ongoing for over 4 months now & demand an end to the gross abuse & atrocities being inflicted on Kashmiri men, women & children by Indian Occupation forces in violation of all International Humanitarian & Human Rights Laws.”

The Premier added, “We salute & stand resolutely with the brave Kashmiris struggling for their right of self-determination.”

On the occasion, President Arif Alvi extended his full support to independence and the independence cause of the people of occupied Jammu & Kashmir.

He expressed concern over the unprecedented military lockdown, curfew and grave human rights violations occurring in the occupied Himalayan valley, and appealed to all global bodies, non-governmental organizations, media houses, and civil society members to play their role in safeguarding the rights of the Kashmiri people.

Tweeting in honor of the global Human Rights Day, Dr. Shireen Mazari, the Federal Minister for Human Rights, said, “Human Rights for every Pakistani as laid out in our Constitution, as envisaged by our Founder Quaid-i-Azam Mohammad Ali Jinnah & in fulfillment of our international commitments. Foremost before us is the example set by our Prophet PBUH in respecting human rights & human dignity.”

Cost of Appeasing Fascism

Reminding the world of the plight of the Kashmiri people, Dr. Mazari said, “While the world marks Human Rights Day today, it cannot ignore the massive human rights violations being committed by the Indian Occupying government in IOJK where it’s occupation forces use rape as a weapon of war; use inhumane weapons like pellet guns against women & children; & continue a siege of IOJK for over 4 months so far depriving Kashmiris of basic human rights.”

The Modi Govt’s fascist policies & its illegal annexation of IOJK constitutes war crimes under International Law.”

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Dr. Mazari warned the international community of the costs of appeasing the fascist government led by Narendra Modi, saying, “The international community should recall the enormous cost of appeasement of fascism earlier in the garb of Nazism. Today the same fascism wears the Hindutva cloak & appeasing it will have even graver consequences.”

The Federal Minister for Human Rights concluded, “Generation after generation of Kashmiris have fought for their right to self-determination – the international community must fulfill the UNSC commitment made.”

The Narendra Modi-led Indian government, on August 5, illegally annexed the territory of occupied Jammu & Kashmir, stripping away its partial autonomy, and imposed a brutal security lockdown that barred the local people from moving about, convening in groups and even accessing basic healthcare facilities.

After the rushed presidential order that abrogated Article 370, the occupied Himalayan valley witnessed an unprecedented communications blackout and security clampdown, depriving Kashmiris of their basic human rights for over four months.

Since the abrogation of Article 370, Prime Minister Imran Khan and his government have taken up the cause of the Kashmiri right to self-determination in the international community. The Premier has proclaimed himself as the ambassador of the Kashmiri people, and he has raised this issue at the domestic, regional and international forums.

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Prime Minister Imran Khan’s monumental speech at the United Nations General Assembly also aided in highlighting the Kashmiri struggle for freedom and garnering the support of the cause from across the world.