ISLAMABAD: Prime Minister Imran Khan has urged the international community to prosecute the Indian civil and military personnel involved in state terrorism and serious crimes against humanity in Indian Illegally Occupied Jammu and Kashmir.
He was virtually addressing the 75th Session of the UN General Assembly, touching upon a host of issues, ranging from Kashmir dispute, peace in Afghanistan, Islamophobia, plight of minorities in India, COVID-19 pandemic to the issue of climate change.
The Prime Minister asked the global community to investigate the grave human rights violations, being perpetrated with complete impunity in IIOJK by the Indian occupation forces.
Highlighting the Indian atrocities against the Kashmiri people, the Prime Minister said these are well documented in several reports, including that of the UN High Commissioner for Human Rights. He said India illegally and unilaterally sought to change the status of occupied territory on fifth August last year and deployed additional troops, bringing the total number to 900,000 to impose a military siege on eight million Kashmiris. All Kashmiri political leaders were incarcerated; about 13,000 Kashmiri youth were abducted and thousands tortured; a complete curfew was imposed, accompanied by a total communications blackout.
Imran Khan said India has extra-judicially murdered hundreds of innocent young Kashmiris in fake “encounters”, refusing even to hand over their bodies for burial. The Kashmiri media, and those daring to raise their voice, are being systematically harassed and intimidated through the use of draconian laws.
The Prime Minister said the military siege is being followed by moves to change the demographic structure of the occupied territory. This is an attempt to obliterate the distinct Kashmiri identity in order to affect the outcome of a plebiscite envisaged in the UN Security Council resolutions.
Imran Khan said brave Kashmiri people will never submit to Indian occupation and oppression. Their struggle is indigenous. They are fighting for a just cause and generation after generation have laid down their lives to rid themselves of Indian occupation.
The Prime Minister reaffirmed Pakistan’s commitment to stand by their Kashmiri brothers and sisters in their legitimate struggle for self-determination.
Imran Khan said India is playing a dangerous game of upping the military ante against Pakistan in a nuclearized environment to divert attention from its illegal actions and atrocities in Indian Occupied Jammu and Kashmir. He said despite constant Indian provocations, Pakistan has exercised maximum restraint. He said Pakistan has also consistently sensitized the world community about a ‘false flag’ operation and another ill-conceived misadventure by India.
The Prime Minister categorically stated that any attempt by the fascist totalitarian RSS-led Indian government to aggress against Pakistan will be met by a nation that will fight for its freedom to the end.
Describing the resolution of Kashmir dispute, imperative for peace and stability in South Asia, the Prime Minister stressed upon the UN Security Council to prevent a disastrous conflict and secure the implementation of its own resolutions as it did in the case of East Timor. The Security Council must take appropriate enforcement actions and protect the Kashmiris from an impending genocide by India.
Imran Khan asked India to rescind the measures it has instituted since 5 August last year, end its military siege and other gross human rights violations, and agree to resolve the Jammu and Kashmir dispute in accordance with the relevant UN Security Council resolutions and the wishes of the people of Kashmir.
The Prime Minister urged the UN Secretary-General to take the lead in preventing global conflicts and convene summit-level meetings to address regional hot spots and resolve outstanding disputes.
Regarding Islamophobia, Imran Khan said willful provocations and incitement to hate and violence must be universally outlawed. He demanded of the UN General Assembly to declare an “International Day to Combat Islamophobia” and build a coalition to fight this scourge. Referring to incidents of the demolition of Babari Mosque, Gujarat massacre, and Samjhota Express tragedy, the Prime Minister regretted that India is the country, where state is sponsoring Islamophobia because of RSS ideology. He said cow vigilantes attack and kill Muslims with impunity. He said Hindutva ideology is set to marginalize almost 300 million human beings, including Muslims, Christians and Sikhs.