Kashmiris cannot be denied right to self-determination: FO

ISLAMABAD: Foreign Office Spokesperson Nafees Zakaria on Tuesday said Pakistan had a demonstrated and longstanding commitment of combating terrorism in all its forms and manifestations.
“The people and government of Pakistan have rendered immense sacrifices in both blood and treasure to end this scourge, which has been acknowledged by the international community,” the Spokesperson stated in response to a question.
He said the 70 year old indigenous struggle of Kashmiris in the Indian occupied Jammu and Kashmir remained legitimate, adding, the designation of individuals supporting the Kashmiri right to self-determination as terrorists was completely unjustified.
The Spokesperson said the gross and systematic violations of human rights of the Kashmiri people in IOK that have been recorded and reported by independent human rights bodies was a reality.
“Over the past one year the world has witnessed an intensification of the brutal policies of repression being pursued by the Indian occupation forces. This includes the full or partial blinding of over a thousand innocent Kashmiris through the use of pellet guns, rape as an instrument of state policy, extrajudicial executions, use of human shields by Indian occupation forces, arbitrary arrests, undocumented disappearances, humiliation of Kashmiris on a daily basis, the blowing up of their homes and the denial of their fundamental freedoms of movement expression and opinion as well as religious freedoms,” he added. “Despite this relentless state terror, the Kashmiris remain undeterred and unbowed,” he mentioned.
“Pakistan shall continue to extend political, diplomatic and moral support for the just struggle of the Kashmiri people for the realization of the right to self-determination and the peaceful resolution of the Jammu and Kashmir dispute in accordance with UN Security Council Resolutions,” the Foreign Office Spokesperson maintained. – APP

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