Message from H.E. Dr. Arif Alvi
President of the Islamic Republic of Pakistan
on Kashmir Black Day – 27th October 2018
27th October marks one of the darkest chapters of the Jammu & Kashmir history. On this day, seven decades ago, Indian forces landed in Srinagar to occupy, subjugate, oppress and terrorize the innocent people of Indian occupied Jammu and Kashmir (IoK) in blatant violation of international law.
The United Nations Security Council through several of its resolutions, has validated the Kashmiris’ right to decide their future through a fair and impartial plebiscite. Despite its commitment to the international community to enforce these resolutions, India has embarked on a path of punitive suppression and pathological genocide that continues to this day.
Indian human rights atrocities have been well documented in the Report of the United Nations Office of the High Commissioner for Human Rights (OHCHR) on Kashmir and have been corroborated by leading human rights organizations. India does not realize that it is impossible to crush the spirit of a people once they commit to the achievement of their freedom. Pakistan strongly supports the OHCHR Report’s recommendation to constitute a Commission of Inquiry (COI) to analyze the human rights situation in Indian occupied Jammu & Kashmir.
We pay homage to the sacrifices of our brethren in IoK and reiterate our unflinching and steadfast moral, diplomatic and political support for the just cause of the people of Indian occupied Jammu and Kashmir. This support will continue till the realization of their lawful right to self-determination.
Message by the Prime Minister of Pakistan on Kashmir Black Day
(27th October, 2018)
Twenty Seventh October marks a tragic day in the history of South Asia. This is the day India sent in its armed forces to occupy Jammu & Kashmir against the aspirations and fundamental rights of the Kashmiri people as well as against all principles of International Law.
For seven decades, India has occupied Jammu & Kashmir in contravention of UNSC resolutions that ordain the holding of a plebiscite to determine the wishes of the Kashmiri people. It has used coercion, brutal suppression of the rights of the people, economic blandishments and sham electoral processes to crush the will of Kashmiris and legitimize its occupation.
The recent UN Report on Kashmir is an acknowledgement of Indian policies of occupation that include well documented human rights atrocities. The recommendation to set up a UN Commission of Inquiry (COI) to investigate human rights abuses by Indian occupation forces should immediately be implemented. The continued brutal suppression of Kashmiri people and recent surge in killings of young Kashmiris requires urgent action.
The valiant, brave and courageous people of Indian occupied Kashmir deserve the admiration of the world.
Pakistan will not relent in its moral, political and diplomatic support until the Kashmiris realize their legitimate right to self-determination in accordance with UN Security Council resolutions.