Altaf Hamid Rao.
MIRPUR (AJK), (Parliament Times) : Azad Jammu Kashmir (AJK) President Sardar Masood Khan has said “India’s Republic Day on Tuesday is the blackest day for the people of Jammu and Kashmir and all nations including Pakistan who believe in freedom and the human values”.
“India is celebrating its Republic Day today and projects its state as the largest democracy in the world. But, most tragically, the edifice of this state is founded on grave crimes against humanity in the Indian Occupied Jammu and Kashmir – land and people that do not belong to India, Sardar Masood Khan said.
In a special message on the eve of India’s Republic Day, which is being observed as the black day by the Kashmiri people, the state president said that a few months after its independence, India had militarily invaded Jammu and Kashmir state and deprived the Kashmiri people of their freedom in October 1947.
“After unleashing a reign of terror for 73 years against the Kashmiri people, India had proved that neither it is a democratic country nor does it believe in freedom, justice, equality and universally recognized human rights,” the president said.
He maintained that India invaded and usurped the territory seven decades ago. State terrorism and ruthless oppression have been used by successive Indian governments to subjugate the people of Kashmir. But it is the BJP-RSS regime that has broken all records of the use of brute force against Kashmiris.
“India reinvaded, reoccupied the territory and laid siege to the occupied land on August 5, 2019. Since then, the violent extremist regime has been busy stealing Kashmiris’ homeland, jobs and businesses,” he added.
In the message, the AJK president while strongly condemning the Indian repression said: “We strongly denounce the occupation authorities’ killing spree in Kashmir, attempted annexation of the territory to the Indian federation, illegal settlements, and transfer of Hindus from India to the occupied territory to change its demography.
“This constitutes genocide and war crimes. Make no mistake; the people of Jammu and Kashmir and the world will hold India accountable. It is only a matter of time,” he warned.
On the occasion of the black day, he called upon the United Nation and the influential states to intervene and save the people of the Indian Occupied Jammu and Kashmir from unbridled tyranny, torture and repression.
“It is the responsibility of multilateral institutions dealing with international law, human rights and humanitarian law to come forward and rescue the besieged, unarmed people of the Indian Occupied Jammu and Kashmir. Otherwise, the UN Charter would be seen as no more than a scrap of paper,” he asserted.
The AJK president said that India is celebrating its Republic Day, but this republic’s rulers are bleeding the people of Kashmir to death. Now the question is: what are they celebrating?
“We, the people of Jammu and Kashmir and Pakistan reiterate our vow that we will fulfil our historic obligation to dismantle the evil apparatus that kills, maims and blinds Kashmiris. We will continue to burn the flame of liberty bright until the people of Jammu and Kashmir attain their right to self-determination,” President Khan concluded.