UNITED NATIONS, Jul 13 (APP): In a message on the 90th anniversary of Kashmir Martyrs’ Day, Pakistan’s UN Ambassador Munir Akram has urged the world community to resolve the protracted Kashmir dispute which, he said, had caused so much sufferings and also threatens peace and security in South Asia and beyond.
The Day marks the killing of 22 Kashmiris outside the Srinagar Central Jail by the troops of Dogra Maharaja on July 13, 1931, during a push for Kashmir’s freedom.
After the passage of nine decades, Ambassador Akram said, the Kashmiri people are still waging a valiant struggle for their inalienable right to self-determination and freedom from Indian occupation, a right guaranteed by the UN Charter, and promised by the Security Council resolutions on the Jammu and Kashmir dispute.
“Since India’s occupation of parts of Jammu and Kashmir in 1947, more than 100,000 Kashmiris have been martyred by Indian occupation forces – in extra-judicial killings, fake encounters, torture and collective punishments, the Pakistani envoy said.
“After India’s illegal unilateral actions of 5 August 2019, hundreds of Kashmiris have been killed, Kashmir’s legitimate leaders have been incarcerated, thousands of Kashmiri youth have been detained, many have disappeared or been murdered in custody. Yet, Indian oppression has not silenced the Kashmiris’ demand for freedom.
“The Government of Pakistan reaffirms its full solidarity with the people of Jammu and Kashmir in their just struggle for freedom and self-determination in accordance with the UN Charter and Security Council resolutions.
“The observation of Martyrs’ Day serves to reinvigorate the Kashmiri freedom struggle and to remind the international community of the imperative of securing a resolution of this protracted dispute which has caused so much human suffering and which threatens peace and security in South Asia and beyond.”