President Azad Jammu Kashmir(AJK) Sardar Masood Khan has categorically said that India’s moves on August 5th was illegal and a clear violation of international laws.
He said that no country can alter the internal boundaries of an occupied territory nor can they transfer its population adding that this is a clear violation of Article 49 of the Fourth Geneva Convention.
The President made these remarks while addressing a seminar titled ‘Kashmir under occupation: International Law Perspectives’, organised by the Research Society of International Law (RSIL) in the federal capital on Friday, AJK Presidential secretariat later said in an official statement released to the media here Friday evening.
The ceremony was also addressed by Federal Minister for Human Rights Shireen Mazari, Ahmer Bilal Soofi, President of RSIL. Addressing the ceremony the President continued that on August 5 India had reoccupied IOK and is now transforming the territory into a colony. India, he said, has formally broken the bilateral regime on Kashmir after its unilateral actions.
Strongly condemning the UN Security Council’s lax attitude towards Kashmir, he said that why did the UNSC wait for a communiqué from Pakistan Foreign Minister in order to hold a session on Kashmir.
He said that the informal session was concluded without an issuance of Presidential Statement. Even though such statements are anodyne in nature yet the hesitated, he said. Furthermore, he said that current UNSC President Karen Peirce’s statement of not debating o Kashmir this month is deeply concerning as India continues to kill, maim and torture innocent Kashmiris in IOK.
Mishal Malik Wife of Hurriyet Leader Yasin Malik Friday asked United Nation (UN) should play its part to bring an end to the cruel curfew and lockdown that has exacerbated the plight of the Kashmiris. Talking to a private news channel, she condemned Indian atrocities in Held Kashmir and urged the United Nations to resolve the long standing issue in accordance with UN resolutions. It is unfortunate that United States is still closing its eyes and not making serious efforts to resolve Kashmir dispute, she regretted. She called upon Pakistani leadership to continue its political and diplomatic initiatives to the highest level and respond to the deceit of the Indian occupation with full strength and determination. The minorities in Pakistan have complete religious freedom but unfortunately Indian minorities are living in an environment of fear, she added.
Kashmiris are determined that they would get their right to self-determination by all means, she mentioned. She warned that Indian government’s move to change Muslim town’s name should not be accepted by Kashmiris. ‘These name changes are just a gimmick, nothing else, to get votes,’ she said, adding that name-changing had long been a popular tactic among local Indian politicians. Mishal said international community knew that Indian policies in Held Kashmir are based on Hindutava and ethnic cleansing.