AA / Islamabad
Pakistani officials have called on the international community to mobilize to end human rights abuses by Indian authorities in the disputed Kashmir region.
This came in a statement issued by Pakistani President Arif Alvi, Prime Minister Imran Khan and Foreign Minister Shah Mahmood Qureshi on the anniversary of a UN resolution on January 5, 1949.
Alvi called on the international community to hold India accountable for human rights violations in Kashmir, calling on it to play an active role in order to find a peaceful and lasting solution to this problem.
For his part, Khan said that peace in South Asia depends on a peaceful solution to the Kashmir issue on the basis of international legitimacy.
On the other hand, Qureshi stressed that the United Nations should fulfill its promise to the Kashmiri people by helping them determine their destiny and gain their freedom.
On August 5, 2019, the Indian government repealed Article 370 of the constitution, which guarantees autonomy in Muslim-majority Jammu and Kashmir, and then divided it into two regions under federal administration.
Pakistan and India have fought for Kashmir since their independence from Great Britain in 1947. Three wars then erupted between the two countries in 1948, 1965 and 1971, killing 70,000 on both sides.
The population demands independence from India to join Pakistan. Since their independence from the United Kingdom in 1947, Islamabad and New Delhi have shared the Muslim-majority region.
* Translated from Arabic by Hajar Al-Shirni
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