Pakistan seeks world community’s attention on India’s “despicable acts” in IOK

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ISLAMABAD, Oct 28 (APP): Expressing “immense concern” over the deliberate Indian act of creating shortage of basic amenities and continued detention of Hurriyat leaders in the Indian Occupied Kashmir, Pakistan Friday invited international community’s attention and action against India’s “despicable acts”.
“The food crisis and deliberate act of Indians to create shortage of basic amenities, continued detention of Hurriyat Leaders Syed Ali Geelani and Mirwaiz Umar Farooq in precarious and torturous conditions, inhuman and sub-standard condition in which Yasin Malik has been kept without proper medical treatment are issues of immense concern.”
“We invite International Community’s attention and action against India’s mentioned despicable acts,” Foreign Office Spokesperson Nafees Zakaria told a regular media briefing here.
He said Kashmir Black Day was observed nationwide in Pakistan and also across the globe on October 27, adding, this was the day when Indian forces unlawfully, forcefully and in blatant violation of international law occupied Kashmiris’ land, which started the darkest period in Jammu and Kashmir’s history.
The state terrorism that India unleashed on unarmed defenseless Kashmiris, ever since, has caused more than a million Kashmiris’ lives at hands of Indian occupation forces, he added.
“There are trails of numerous massacres, extra-judicial killings, killings in staged encounters, organized dishonoring of Kashmiri women including girls as young as 3-year old, and arbitrary arrests of tens of thousands with their fate unknown for decades committed by the Indian forces the strength of which now stands at 1 million,” he mentioned.
The foreign office spokesperson giving the details of Kashmir Black Day activities said, “Literary activities such as conferences, seminars and peaceful expression of solidarity were held by our missions and Kashmiri & Pakistani Diaspora.”
“Member Parliaments of various countries in their respective areas and members of civil society joined those activities in an expression of solidarity with the Kashmiris in Indian occupied Kashmir,” he added.
Nafees Zakaria said, at the events organized to mark the occasion Indian atrocities were highlighted and international community’s intervention was urged to stop bloodshed of Kashmiris by India.
“Young Parliamentarians Forum (YPF) of the National Assembly of Pakistan, Ministry of Foreign Affairs and a Think Tank Centre for Strategic & Contemporary Research (CSCR) also organized an event at Pakistan Institute for Parliamentary Services (PIPS),” he added.
The spokesperson said, the Foreign Secretary summoned the Indian High Commissioner Gautam Bambawale on October 27 and conveyed the decision of the government of Pakistan to declare Surjeet Singh, an official of the Indian High Commission, as persona non grata.
The foreign secretary expressed deep concern over the activities of the Indian official that were in violation of the Vienna Convention and the established diplomatic norms, he added.
The spokesperson said, The Indian high commission has been asked to make urgent necessary arrangements for Surjeet Singh and his family to leave Pakistan by October 29, 2016.
The foreign secretary hoped that other members of the high commission would not indulge in the activities detrimental to Pakistan’s national security, he added.Foreign office spokesperson in response to a question said, Pakistan has long maintained that India’s rapidly expanding military nuclear programme posed a grave threat to peace and stability in the region and beyond.
“These concerns have been fully validated by publicly available reports on significant upcoming fissile material facilities and build up of unsafeguarded weapon usable fissile material in India,” he added.
Nafees Zakaria said, “This buildup has been facilitated by the 2008 NSG (Nuclear Suppliers Group) waiver granted to India, which not only dented the credibility of the non-proliferation regime and undermined its efficacy, but also negatively affected the strategic balance in South Asia.”
It was unfortunate that the NSG did not require India to make any worthwhile non-proliferation commitments at the time, he added.
He said, another country-specific exemption by the NSG on the membership question would only further exacerbate the ill effects of the 2008 exemption.
“It remains our hope that the NSG member states would make a well-considered decision this time keeping in view its long-term implications for the global non-proliferation regime as well as strategic stability in our region,” he added.
To another question, the spokesperson said, “In the past too, Indian politicians have cast aspersions on Pakistan and have used this as a tool in domestic politics of India. We see the current political debate about Pakistan in India, in the same backdrop as also its desperation to deflect the world attention from its atrocities in IOK.”
“The timing and pattern of heating up LOC (Line of Control) and WB (Working Boundary) by India are suggestive. Pakistan condemns such crass attempts to malign it,” he remarked.
To another question, the spokesperson said, the Indian involvement in terrorism inside Pakistan was well proven beyond doubt; and “we have irrefutable evidence of that.”
“We have also shared with you many times that the investigations after the arrest of Kulbushan Yadav is ongoing and the dossier is being compiled. As soon as the time is propitious, we will submit the dossier to the concerned, particularly the UN Secretary General,” he added.
About Indian allegations of espionage against Pakistani official, he said, “It is on record that our official was mistreated against the diplomatic norms.
He was kept under detention in contravention of the Vienna Convention. We have protested against this with the Indian side.”
India has been seen taking a number of desperate steps primarily to deflect the attention of the international community from its atrocities in IoK, he said, adding, “We need to see India’s actions in this backdrop.”
“India has had a track record of creating situation on its own soil to deflect attention and to achieve certain objectives. India is trying to portray that the uprising in IoK is not an indigenous movement of self-determination but an act of terrorism, which of course the world has already rejected,” he added.
In response to a question, the spokesperson said, Pakistan has taken and will continue to take decisive action against all terrorists and militant groups.
“We are fully committed to the principle that our soil would not be allowed to be used against other countries. Our National Action Plan is being successfully implemented,” he added.
Nafeez Zakaria, however, added, “it is important to emphasize here that we are being threatened by the foreign sponsored terrorism like the recent terrorist incident in Quetta against police cadets.”
About Pakistan’s acceptance to attend the Heart of Asia Conference to be held in India, he said, the Conference was aimed at bringing development in Afghanistan with the collaboration of other regional countries.
“It is in line with Pakistan’s commitment of supporting all efforts towards peace and stability in Afghanistan that we will be attending the conference,” he added.
The spokesperson said, Pakistan has always supported efforts to ensure peace and prosperity in the region and will continue to do so.
“We will play our role and will not let this regional forum fall prey to the myopic political agenda of any country. However, the decision on the level and manner of participation in the Heart of Asia Conference is yet to be taken,” he added.
To another question, Nafees Zakaria said, “Pakistan strongly condemns the continued unprovoked ceasefire violations from the Indian side on the LoC and the Working Boundary, resulting in the loss of innocent lives and injuries.”
“We have called upon the Indian government to respect the 2003 Ceasefire Understanding in letter and spirit and refrain from targeting civilians and their properties. The ceasefire violations from the Indian side is an effort to divert international attention from grave human rights violations and genocide in the Indian occupied Jammu and Kashmir being committed by the Indian occupation forces,” he added.
The spokesperson said, “The Indian Government must stop bloodshed of innocent Kashmiris, must stop torturing Hurriyat Leaders, must not create food crisis and deny other basic amenities to the Kashmiris, which it is doing to break their peaceful movement for their right to self-determination.”
“India must respect the UN Charter, fulfill its obligations under International human rights and humanitarian laws and implement UN Security Council resolutions on Jammu and Kashmir as well,” he added.