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Pakistan Writes to UN, OIC, EU Against India’s Unlawful Move on Kashmir

Pakistan has appealed to the international community to reject the Indian Supreme Court’s judgment that upheld the revocation of Kashmir’s special status, saying it violated international law and UN resolutions.

In letters to the leaders of the UN, OIC, and EU, caretaker Foreign Minister Jalil Abbas Jilani said the verdict was a breach of the UN Security Council Resolution 122 (1957), which affirmed that the final disposition of the state of Jammu and Kashmir would be made in accordance with the will of the people expressed through a free and impartial plebiscite.

Jilani also condemned India’s illegal and unilateral actions of August 5, 2019, when it scrapped Article 370 of its constitution that granted autonomy to the Muslim-majority region and imposed a harsh lockdown and communication blackout.

He said these actions were aimed at altering the demographic structure and political landscape of Indian Illegally Occupied Jammu and Kashmir (IIOJK) and converting Kashmiris into a disempowered community in their own land.

He called on the UN Security Council to ensure full implementation of its resolutions on the Kashmir dispute and to urge India to end the grave and systematic human rights violations in IIOJK and to reverse all its illegal and unilateral actions since August 5, 2019.

He also expressed solidarity with the people of Jammu and Kashmir and reiterated Pakistan’s unwavering support for their legitimate right to self-determination.

The Indian Supreme Court on Monday ruled that the revocation of Kashmir’s special status was “a valid exercise of power” and a "culmination of the process of integration".

The court also called for the restoration of statehood to IIOJK and its equal treatment with any other Indian state “as soon as possible”.

The verdict was challenged by Kashmir’s pro-India political parties, the local Bar Association, and individual litigants, who argued that it violated the constitutional guarantees and the historical basis of Kashmir’s accession to India.

The verdict has been widely criticized by Kashmiri leaders, human rights groups, and international observers, who have denounced India’s actions in Kashmir as a form of colonialism and oppression.

Pakistan has consistently maintained that Kashmir is an internationally recognized disputed territory and that its final status can only be decided by the Kashmiri people through a UN-supervised referendum.

Pakistan has also called for a peaceful resolution of the Kashmir issue through dialogue and diplomacy, in accordance with the relevant UN resolutions and the aspirations of the Kashmiri people.

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