India escalating tension of LOC to divert attention from Kashmir issue

Islamabad: Indian forces are continuously committing unprovoked ceasefire violations on the Line of Control (LoC) and Working Boundary, to divert attention of the international community from the core Kashmir issue.

Foreign Office Spokesperson Nafees Zakaria during the weekly press briefing  on Thursday said that India was deliberately escalating tension on the LoC to divert attention from the  kashmir.

He said only in 2017, India committed 542 ceasefire violations in which 18 innocent civilians were killed. The Indian atrocities and human rights violations had been intensified in the Indian Occupied Kashmir (IOK), which needed the world attention,
he added.

The spokesperson said that the 44th session of the Organization of Islamic Cooperation (OIC) Council of Foreign Ministers (CFM) – held in Abidjan, Republic of Cote d’Ivoire, on July 10-11, 2017 – condemned the state terrorism in the IOK and called upon India to implement the United Nations Security Council resolutions on Kashmir.

Nafees Zakaria said that the resolution, which was unanimously adopted by the 56-member council, noted that Jammu and Kashmir remained the core dispute between India and Pakistan, and its early resolution was imperative for bringing peace to South Asia.

He said that the council expressed its support to the widespread indigenous movement of the IOK people for their promised right to self-determination and observed that the just struggle of Kashmiris could not be equated with terrorism.

The spokesperson said that the council also called upon the United Nations and the International Community to play their role in stopping the continuing bloodshed in the IOK, and for the implementation of the UN Security Council’s Resolutions on Jammu & Kashmir, which guaranteed Kashmiris’ right to self-determination through a UN supervised plebiscite.

Nafees Zakaria said that solidarity with the oppressed Kashmiris had been expressed across the world – including the United Kingdom, Europe and North America – in the form of peaceful demonstrations.

The Kashmir dispute’s reflection in the UK Labour Party election manifesto and in the January 19 debate in the House of Commons, represented increasing concern over the current unacceptable human rights situation in the IOK, he added.

He said today (July 13) Kashmiris were observing `Youm-i-Shuhada’ to commemorate the unprecedented sacrifices rendered by them in 1931.

“We pay tribute to Shuhada (martyrs) and express solidarity with the Kashmiris in their struggle against Indian unlawful occupation of their territory,” he added.

Replying to a question regarding the missing Pakistani diplomatic staff and another two Pakistani citizens in Afghanistan, the spokesperson said that Pakistan was constantly in touch with the Afghan authorities for their early recovery.


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