Pakistan rejects Indian move to grant Kashmir domiciles to 25,000 Indians

By: INP      Published: 12:23 AM, 28 Jun, 2020
Pakistan rejects Indian move to grant Kashmir domiciles to 25,000 Indians
Indian occupation forces patrol a street in occupied Jammu and Kashmir, which has been under a strict curfew for almost a year now.–File photo

Pakistan has categorically rejected the Indian move to grant domicile certificates for occupied Kashmir to 25,000 Indian nationals.

In a statement on Saturday, Foreign Office Spokesperson Aisha Farooqui said that certificates issued to non-Kashmiris, including Indian government officials under the “Jammu and Kashmir Grant of Domicile Certificate (Procedure), 2020” are illegal, void and in complete violation of the relevant United Nations Security Council resolutions, and international law including the 4th Geneva Convention.

She said the latest action was a vindication of Pakistan’s consistent stance that the intention behind the Indian government’s illegal and unilateral actions of 5 August 2019 was to change the demographic structure of IOK and turn Kashmiris into a minority in their own land.

The spokesperson said that this has long been part of the RSS-BJP’s “Hindutva” agenda. By changing the demographic structure of IOK, the Indian government intends to undermine the exercise by the Kashmiri people of their right to self-determination through a free and impartial plebiscite under the auspices of the United Nation as per the relevant UNSC Resolutions.

Through these reprehensible actions, along with continuing restrictions, excruciating military crackdown, extrajudicial killings, arbitrary detentions and incarcerations, and unabated grave human rights violations, India seeks to further perpetuate its illegal occupation of Kashmir, she added.

“India should know that its suppression has not been able to break the will of the Kashmiri people in the past and it will not succeed in doing so in future.”

Aisha Farooqui said that United Nations and the international community must intervene to stop India from changing the demographic structure of IOK by settling people from India in a territory that it has illegally occupied and the status of which remains disputed.

She maintained that the recipients of the domicile certificates must know that India has no legal authority to bring in and settle people from outside IOK. The international law bars India from such illegal actions, the spokesperson added.