Foreign Minister Shah Mahmood Qureshi, in the wake of one year of India’s illegal and unilateral measures of August 5, 2019 in the Indian Illegally Occupied Jammu and Kashmir (IIOJK), has once again written to the president of the UN Security Council sharing additional information on India’s continuing massive violations of human rights and its illegal moves in the occupied valley.
Qureshi emphasized that India’s intensified ceasefire violations along the Line of Control and its belligerent posture towards Pakistan posed a threat to peace and security. He urged the Council to strengthen the UN Military Observers Group in India and Pakistan (UNMOGIP) to enable it to report fully and accurately on the gravity of the security environment in the occupied Jammu and Kashmir. Reminding the Security Council of its primary responsibility for the maintenance of international peace and security, he called on the council to meet to consider the consequences of India’s military siege in the occupied Jammu and Kashmir and the serious threat Indian aggressive posture pose to the peace and security in South Asia.
According to the press release, Pakistan has also circulated two papers as official documents of the Security Council: one, on the legal aspects of the Jammu and Kashmir dispute, and the second, on India’s violations of human rights in the IIOJK. “The legal document apprises the Council members and the world community of the legitimacy of the Kashmiris’ demand for self-determination. Likewise, the document on India’s human rights violations will be a permanent and damning testimony to India’s long record of oppression and serious crimes against the Kashmiri people,” it added.
The Pakistani nation is all set to observe a ‘one-minute silence’ at 10am on Wednesday (today) to mark Youm-e-Istehsal on completion of one year of military siege of the IIOJK. The traffic across the country will also come to a halt for one minute. According to a press release of Ministry of Kashmir Affairs and Gilgit-Baltistan, various events have been planned across the country for observing the day in a befitting manner. Kashmiris on both sides of the Line of Control and the world over will observe Youm-e-Istehsal to denounce illegal, immoral and unconstitutional step, which India took on this day last year to strip the IIOJK of its special status. August 5, 2019, added a new turn and chapter in the Kashmiris’ struggle as India tried to abolish their identity through demographic apartheid, which was rejected not only by the Muslims but also by the Hindu Pundits and Buddhists.