ISLAMABAD: Minister for Economic Affairs Division Muhammad Hammad Azhar on Thursday said India was the biggest terrorist sponsor in South Asia.
“India being the biggest terrorist sponsor in South Asia is trying to run with the hare and hunt with the hounds,” Hammad Azhar said while addressing a seminar on ‘Effects of Increasing Nuclearisation in South Asia’ in Islamabad.
He said Commander Kulbhusna Jadhav and many others of his type were involved in terrorism in Pakistan and almost all Indian neighbours were victims of its terrorism sponsorship.
India was trying to bandwagon international anti-terrorism sentiments by labelling an indigenous Kashmiri freedom struggle movement as terrorism, he said.
Indian occupation and actions in India occupied Jammu and Kashmir were not legitimate under the international laws, he maintained.
“India has deployed 80,000 additional troops supplementing over 700,000 already stationed there for over three decades. This makes Kashmir the most militarized zone on Earth and it is now turned into the largest prison and concentration camp,” he said.
The minister said Kashmiris had been silenced forcefully through increased presence of armed forces, imposition of infinite lockdown and curfew, arrests of Kashmiri political and civilian leaders, media, internet and communication blackout, expelling foreign human rights activists, restrictions on personnel of UN Military Observer Group in India and Pakistan, suspension of civic services and increased brutalities amounting to genocide, and general silence of our so called civilized world.
“We firmly stick to our pledge for the peaceful resolution of the Kashmir dispute as per the aspirations of the people of Kashmir in the light of the UN Security Council resolutions,” he said.
Hammad Azhar said Pakistan would continue to highlight internationally the atrocities and violations of basic human rights in the Indian occupied Jammu and Kashmir. “We will continue our political, diplomatic and moral support to the indigenous and legitimate struggle of our Kashmiri brothers and sisters.”