Kashmir Solidarity Day observed in Canada


OTTAWA: In support of the just struggle of the people of Kashmir, Kashmir Solidarity Day was observed at the Pakistan High Commission, Ottawa. The event was largely attended by Kashmiris and Canadians of Pakistani origin.

While speaking on the occasion, Acting High Commissioner Muhammad Saleem underlined the importance of resolving the Kashmir dispute in accordance with the United Nations (UN) resolutions and the aspirations of the people of Kashmir.

He said that Pakistan has always supported the right to self-determination of Kashmiris and will continue to do so. He informed that the situation in Indian Occupied Kashmir (IOK) has deteriorated not only from a human rights perspective but also with regards to freedom of information as restrictions have been placed on the international media and NGOs, including Amnesty International.

“Today’s gathering is to raise awareness of the plight of the Kashmiris in IOK. As a result of excessive and indiscriminate use of force thousands of civilians have been killed and injured in occupied Kashmir,” added the acting high commissioner.

He highlighted that the report of the Office of the High Commissioner for Human Rights (OHCHR) on Kashmir calls for the expedited establishment of a commission of inquiry to look into the human rights situation in IOK. He also urged the international community to fulfil their commitments towards the people of Kashmir under the United Nations Security Council (UNSC) resolutions.

Earlier the messages of the president and the prime minister were also read at the event.