People in occupied Kashmir have been deprived of freedom in every aspect, the foreign minister said.

ISLAMABAD (Dunya News) – Pakistan Foreign Minister Shah Mahmood Qureshi Friday participated in a rally in Islamabad that was held to express moral, political and diplomatic support for the people of Indian Illegally Occupied Jammu and Kashmir (IIOJ&K) as Pakistan observes Kashmir Day today.

Speaking on the occasion, the foreign minister said people in occupied Kashmir have been deprived of freedom in every aspect but they have been standing resolute against the Indian barbarities for seven decades. He vowed that Pakistan will continue to struggle shoulder to shoulder with the Kashmiris till they get freedom.

Earlier in his message on the day, Shah Mahmood Qureshi said Pakistan reaffirms its unflinching solidarity with the Kashmiris in the Indian Illegally Occupied Jammu and Kashmir and the entire Pakistani nation stands with them in their valiant struggle to secure their inalienable right to self-determination.

The foreign minister urged the international community to hold India accountable for its egregious violations of human rights and serious crimes against the Kashmiri people.

He said that for 18 months now, IIOJ&K is under continuous Indian military siege, with the Kashmiris virtually caged in their own houses, reeling under communications blockade, and facing severe restrictions on the media.

Following the extremist "Hindutva" ideology, the RSS-BJP regime has also embarked on a design to change the demographic structure of the occupied territory and obliterate the distinct Kashmiri identity, he added.

Qureshi urged that the international community to must continue its support of the fundamental freedoms and basic human rights of the Kashmiris. He also urged India to allow the UN Fact Finding Mission to investigate the grave human rights violations in IIOJ&K.

The foreign minister said that this solidarity will continue until the Kashmiris achieve their inalienable right to self-determination as enshrined in the UN Charter and relevant UN Security Council Resolutions. He said that his support is the only course to durable peace, security and development in South Asia.