PM approaches UN chief over IOK domicile issue

June 30, 2020

ISLAMABAD : Prime Minister Imran Khan has said that India must be stopped from the unacceptable path that further usurps the legal and internationally guaranteed rights of the Kashmiri people and seriously imperils peace and security in South Asia. In a tweet on Tuesday, the Prime Minister said that he has approached the UN Secretary General and is reaching out to other world leaders over New Delhi’s move to issue domicile certificates for 25,000 Indian nationals in occupied Kashmir The Prime Minister said first India’s attempt at illegal annexation of Indian Occupied Jammu and Kashmir and now its attempts to alter Indian Occupied Jammu and Kashmir’s demographic structure, including by issuance of domicile certificates to 25,000 Indian nationals, are all illegal, in violation of UNSC resolutions and international law, including 4th Geneva Convention. Last week, the Foreign Office also categorically rejected the grant of domicile certificates of Indian Occupied Jammu and Kashmir (IOJ&K) by the Indian authorities to reportedly 25,000 Indian nationals. The Foreign Office spokesperson in a statement said: “The certificates issued to non-Kashmiris including, among others, the Indian government officials under ‘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. The Kashmiris have also rejected the bogus domicile certificates.” Spokesperson Aisha Farooqui said the latest action was a vindication of Pakistan’s consistent stance that the major intention behind the Indian government’s illegal and unilateral actions of August 5, 2019 was to change the demographic structure of IOJ&K and turn Kashmiris into a minority in their own land.

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