ANKARA: A panel discussion held in the Turkish capital Ankara while shedding light on various dimensions of the Kashmir dispute has called for an immediate cessation of human rights violations by Indian troops in Indian illegally occupied Jammu and Kashmir (IIOJK).
The event was organized by the Ankara-based Institute of Strategic Thinking (SDE) in connection with the upcoming ‘Youm-e-Istehsal-e-Kashmir’ (Day of Exploitation) the other day. The panel was attended by Pakistan’s Ambassador to Türkiye Yousaf Junaid, Guray Alpar, the head of the SDE, and various participants.
In a statement, the Pakistan’s Embassy in Ankara said ‘Youm-e-Istehsal-e-Kashmir’ is observed throughout the world annually on Aug. 5 as a “somber memory of the heinous actions taken by India in August 2019 to perpetuate its illegal occupation of the Jammu and Kashmir region,” it added. Notably, August 5 marks Modi led Indian government’s illegal revocation of the special status of IIOJK.
While shedding light on the legal, political, human rights, security and historical dimensions of the Kashmir dispute, the speakers called for an immediate cessation of human rights violations by Indian occupation forces in IIOJK.
The Pakistan’s ambassador said that Jammu and Kashmir was the core dispute between India and Pakistan with far-reaching implications for the region and the world at large. “It is imperative to seek a peaceful resolution of this longstanding dispute as per relevant UN Security Council Resolutions,” Yousaf Junaid said, referring to the grave human rights situation in IIIOJK.
Guray Alpar said the IIOJK is the most heavily militarized zone in the world. He added that atrocities committed by Indian forces in IIOJK and the denial of the fundamental right to self-determination of the Kashmiri people depicted Indian imperialistic ambitions.