2020 Delhi riots, 1991 mass rapes of Kashmiri women scars on world’s conscience: FO

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Pakistan on Wednesday said the reprehensible inci-dents of Delhi Riots Pogrom of 2020 and mass rapes of Kashmiri women in Kunan and Poshpura villages of IIOJK in 1991 continued to be scars on the col-lective conscience of the international community.

“Today, we somberly observe the second anni-versary of the horrific Delhi Riots Pogrom of 2020 and the 31st anniversary of the despicable mass rapes of Kashmiri women in Kunan and Poshpura villages of the Indian Illegally Occupied Jammu and Kashmir (IIOJK) in 1991.

These reprehensible inci-dents continue to be scars on the collective con-science of the interna-tional community,” the For-eign Office Spokesper-son said in a statement.

He said the Delhi pogrom of February 2020 was one of the most harrowing manifestations of India’s systematic campaign to discriminate against, dis-possess and dehumanize the Muslim community. The repugnant calls of ‘shoot the traitors’ by senior Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) leaders during the protests against the discriminatory Citizenship Amendment Act (CAA), he added, only revealed the depth of the state-sanctioned hysteria and hatred prevailing in India against the Muslims, he added. The spokesperson said in the aftermath of those calls, targeted campaigns against the Muslims aimed at discrediting their legitimate right to protest were launched, which resulted in the mass killings of Muslims and vandalization of their properties, busi-nesses and heritage sites, and sacrilege of their reli-gious places. “Equally frightful is the grim memory of 23/24th February 1991, when Indian soldiers merci-lessly raped more than 40 Kashmiri women in Kunan and Poshpura villages of the IIOJK. Ever since, the victims of Kunan-Poshpura mass rape are awaiting justice against Colonel K.S. Dalal, the main perpetrator, and his 125 associates of 4 Rajpu-tana Rifles,” he remarked. He said for 31 years, the lack of accountability for the heinous act was a frightening example of the brazen impunity, which defined India’s gruesome human rights violations in the IIOJK.

“The people of IIOJK would never forget this brutality by the Indian occupation forces, the scars and trauma of which cannot be healed until the per-petrators are punished for their heinous crimes,” the spokesperson remarked. He called upon the interna-tional community, particularly the United Nations and relevant interna-tional human rights and hu-manitarian organizations to hold India accountable for its gross and system-atic human rights violations against minorities, es-pecially Muslims, and take immediate measures against the worrying trajectory of Islamophobia which can regress into a genocide anytime.

“India must also be compelled to halt its state-sponsored terrorism in the IIOJK, immediately cease human rights violations, lift the inhuman mili-tary siege, and let the people of IIOJK exercise their right to self-determination as enshrined in the rele-vant UN Security Council reso tions,” he added.—APP

 

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