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150 days of siege: Pakistan urges India to end Kashmir lockdown

ISLAMABAD: As India’s siege of occupied Kashmir continued on the 150th day, Pakistan on Wednesday reaffirmed its support and solidarity for the Kashmiris while urging India to immediately lift the lockdown and communications restrictions imposed in the disputed valley since August 5.

In a statement, the Ministry of Foreign Affairs (MoFA) told India to free all detainees, particularly young children, and the Kashmiri leadership, and to remove all draconian laws, including PSA and AFSPA, while withdrawing its 900,000 security personnel from the occupied valley.

The ministry also asked India to provide unhindered access to international humanitarian and human rights observers and international media to cover the rights atrocities in the held valley.

“As part of our unstinted moral, political and diplomatic support for the Kashmir cause, Pakistan will continue to raise at all international forums the plight of over eight million innocent Kashmiris under the brutal occupation of 900,000 Indian security personnel, persecuting them day and night with impunity,” the statement read.

Trashing India’s farcical claims of “normalcy” in Kashmir, the ministry said that Pakistan will continue to stress the importance of urgent and effective steps by the world community to address India’s state-terrorism against the Kashmiri people, who are demanding their legitimate right of self-determination as enshrined in the United National Security Council (UNSC) resolutions.

“We deplore the continuing proclivity of Indian political as well as military leaders to fabricate ‘facts’ with regard to ‘terrorism’ or situation along the Line of Control (LoC) as part of their attempts to mislead the world and with the possible intention of staging some ‘false flag’ operation,” the ministry stated and added that the Indian government would be well-advised to look inwards and curb the growing “saffron terror”, which is increasingly a matter of concern for the international community.

Pakistan said that in the context of the situation in IOK, it rejects the new Indian Army chief’s irresponsible statement regarding “pre-emptive strikes” across the LoC inside Azad Jammu and Kashmir (AJK).

“There should be no doubt about Pakistan’s resolve and readiness to thwart against any aggressive Indian move, inside its territory or AJK. No one should forget Pakistan’s befitting response to India’s Balakot misadventure,” the statement added.

“Despite India’s provocations, Pakistan will continue contributing to all efforts of promoting peace, security and stability in the region and beyond,” the statement concluded.

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