ISLAMABAD: Pakistan’s Mission in Geneva has clearly articulated that Kashmir is an internationally recognised dispute pending final settlement through a free and impartial plebiscite under the UN auspices as enshrined in numerous United Nations Security Council (UNSC) resolutions.
The international community was therefore bound to fulfil its obligations that were made by one of the principal UN organs and are still valid even after more than six decades. During the current Human Rights Council Session in the United Nations European Headquarters in Geneva, on June 22, the Pakistan Permanent Mission to UN delivered a strong statement in favour of realization of the right of self-determination of the people of Jammu and Kashmir, a message received here from Geneva on Tuesday said. Pakistan Mission highlighted that the people of Jammu and Kashmir have been denied their right to self-determination, subjected to consistent and forceful foreign occupation and their democratic rights have been usurped and suppressed by conduction of sham elections at gun-point.
The denial of the right to self-determination was not only the negation of the UN Charter and key human rights covenants but also of human dignity. Pakistan’s representative also denounced the routine human rights violations taking place in occupied Jammu and Kashmir including the incidents of torture, firing on crowds, kidnapping, extrajudicial killings, rape and illegal detentions. All this had also been reported widely by various civil society organisations and international media and required the attention of the Human Rights Council. Pakistan delegation also made it clear that while “we wish for regional peace and stability, our quest for peace must not be misconstrued for weakness”.
Pakistan and Kashmiri people are inseparable and the legitimate struggles for self-determination cannot and must not be misrepresented by equating them with terrorism. The India delegation responded to Pakistan’s intervention alleging that it had occupied Kashmir since 1947 which was an integral part of India and demanded that it end its “occupation” of Kashmir.
They also levelled accusations of cross-border terrorism against Pakistan. It underlined that there was a 68% voter turn-out in the recent elections in Occupied Kashmir “and India will not accept Pakistan’s attempts to undermine the democratic choices of the people of Jammu and Kashmir”. Pakistan immediately countered the Indian allegations by condemning the forceful and illegal occupation of the Jammu and Kashmir by India which was a threat to entire region, as the resolution of Kashmir dispute in accordance with the UNSC resolutions as well as aspirations of the people of Jammu and Kashmir was an essential prerequisite for the maintenance of regional peace and security.
Pakistan’s representative again reiterated the strong resolve of the government and people of Pakistan to continue to extend political, moral and diplomatic support to the Kashmiri people in their just cause to achieve the right to self-determination. Pakistan also called upon the Human Rights Council to fulfil its responsibility through protection and promotion of human rights and fundamental freedoms of the people of Jammu and Kashmir.