FM Jilani urges UN action on Kashmiris' right to self-determination

FM Jilani urges UN action on Kashmiris' right to self-determination


FM Jilani urges UN action on Kashmiris' right to self-determination

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ISLAMABAD (APP) – Caretaker Foreign Minister Jalil Abbas Jilani called upon the United Nations and the international community on Friday to honour their commitments and take necessary measures to enable the people of Jammu and Kashmir to exercise their right to self-determination, as enshrined in the UN Security Council resolutions.

In his message commemorating Kashmiris’ Right to Self-Determination Day, Jilani emphasised the urgent need for an immediate cessation of human rights violations and the restoration of the rights and fundamental freedoms of the Kashmiri people.

Jilani highlighted that the day of Jan 5 was annually observed as the Right to Self-Determination Day by the people of Jammu and Kashmir. On this day in 1949, the United Nations Commission for India and Pakistan (UNCIP) adopted a resolution guaranteeing a free and fair plebiscite in Jammu and Kashmir, allowing the Kashmiri people to realise their right to self-determination.

The foreign minister underscored that the right to self-determination was a fundamental principle of international law. Every year, the UN General Assembly adopts a resolution reaffirming the legal right of people to decide their own destiny, expressing unequivocal support for the realisation of the right to self-determination for those under foreign occupation. Regrettably, the Kashmiri people have been unable to exercise this inalienable right.

The minister stated that India had been taking various steps to consolidate its occupation of the Indian Illegally Occupied Jammu and Kashmir (IIOJK), an internationally-recognised disputed territory.

"Following its illegal and unilateral actions on Aug 5, 2019, India's efforts have aimed at engineering demographic and political changes to disempower the Kashmiri community in their own land. The recent verdict by the Indian Supreme Court is another manifestation of India's desire to undermine the right to self-determination of the Kashmiri people," he added.

India is also subjecting the Kashmiri people to systematic human rights violations, creating an environment of fear to crush dissent in IIOJK.

"For its part, Pakistan will continue to extend its unstinted moral, political, and diplomatic support to the struggle of the people of Jammu and Kashmir for the realization of their right to self-determination in accordance with the relevant UN Security Council resolutions," the foreign minister concluded.