Kathmandu , August 4:
It has been one year since the repeal of Article 370 of the Indian Constitution. The special status and human rights of the people of Jammu Kashmir was also revoked from the same day, 2019 August 5.
In this regard, the Pakistani Embassy in Kathmandu organized a talk program on the Jammu and Kashmir dispute.
Speaking on the occasion, Pakistani Ambassador to Nepal Dr. Mazhar Javed has claimed that human rights had been violated in this region for 70 years. Ambassador Javed has said that the people of Jammu and Kashmir should be ensured with their right to self-determination.
Speaking at the Talk Programme, Ambassador Mazhar Javed recollected important developments and international reactions to India’s illegal action 5 of August 2019, and the alarming intensification of the human rights violations in that disputed territory.
Highlighting the centrality of the right of self-determination of the people of Jammu Kashmir, and the UNSC resolutions, the Ambassador recalled the discussions at the UNSC in August 2019 and then in January 2020. He also referred to the statements of the UN Secretary General urging refrain from any steps that could affect the status of Jammu Kashmir, and underlining the importance of UN Security Council resolutions.
An important issue brought out at the Seminar were the grave human rights violations being committed by the Indian forces in the IIOJK. Ambassador Javed highlighted the gravity and scale of the atrocities being committed by the Indian forces which had been widely reported and condemned internationally, especially by the UN High Commissioner for Human Rights, OIC, EU, Human Rights Watch and Amnesty International.
In the Question-Answer session that followed, the participants urged a resolution of the dispute in accordance with the wishes of the people of Jammu Kashmir and UNSC resolutions. They also stressed the urgency to resolve the dispute which had been the biggest challenge to the regional peace and security, now for decades. They said that the international community had an important responsibility to ensure the rights of the people of Jammu Kashmir including their right of self-determination. Mr. Manju Ratna Sakya, Secretary General Nepal-Pakistan Friendship and Cultural Association stressed the need to respect the rights of the people in IIOJK, including their right to self-determination, and the centrality of the UN Security Council resolutions.
A one-minute silence was observed to pay homage to the martyrs in IIOJK.