ISLAMABAD: Pakistan has categorically rejected unwarranted and irresponsible remarks made by India’s Ministry of External Affairs regarding elections in Gilgit-Baltistan.
In a statement on Tuesday, Foreign Office Spokesperson Zahid Hafeez Chaudhri said India has no locus standi on the issue either legal, moral or historical. He said the regurgitation of false and fabricated claims by India can neither change the facts nor divert attention from India’s illegal actions and perpetration of the worst human rights violations in Indian Illegally Occupied Jammu & Kashmir (IIOJK).
The Spokesperson said for over 72 years, India has been in illegal and inhuman occupation of IIOJK. However, despite the incessant brutalization of the Kashmiri people at the hands of Indian occupation forces, the indigenous Kashmiri resistance movement has only become stronger.
He said Pakistan calls upon India to immediately end its illegal and forcible occupation of parts of Jammu and Kashmir and comply with its international obligations by allowing the Kashmiris to exercise their inalienable right to self-determination through a free and impartial plebiscite under the auspices of the United Nations as enshrined in the relevant UNSC Resolutions.