Pakistan slams India for issuing illegal IOK domiciles to non-Kashmiris

Sandra Loyd

ISLAMABAD: Pakistan on Saturday unconditionally declined the grant of residence certificates of Occupied Jammu and Kashmir (IOK) to Indian nationals, which observers think is an effort to modify demography of the Muslim-majority location.

The certificate, a sort of citizenship right, entitles an individual to residency and federal government tasks in the area, which till in 2015 were booked just for the regional population.

A declaration provided by Foreign Office Representative Aisha Farooqui stated apparently 25,000 Indian national were provided “bogus” residence certificate, a relocation which was likewise declined by the Kashmiris.

“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 official declaration stated.

The most recent action likewise vindicates Pakistan’s constant position that the significant intent behind the Indian federal government’s illegal and unilateral actions of August 5, 2019 was to alter the group structure of IOJ&K and turn Kashmiris into a minority in their own land, the declaration added.

“This has long been part of the RSS-BJP’s ‘Hindutva’ agenda.”

The representative stated Modi-led Indian federal government means to weaken the workout by the Kashmiri people of their right to self-determination through a objective and totally free plebiscite under the auspices of the United Country based on the pertinent UNSC resolutions.

“Through these reprehensible actions, along with continuing restrictions, excruciating military crackdown, extra-judicial killings, arbitrary detentions and incarcerations, and unabated grave human rights violations, India seeks to further perpetuate its illegal occupation of IOJ&K,” the declaration added.

Farooqui stated India has actually stopped working to break the will of the Kashmiri people through suppression “and it will not succeed in doing so in the future”.

The United Nations and the international neighborhood should intervene to stop India from altering the group structure of IOJ&K by settling people from India in an area that it has actually unlawfully inhabited and the status of which stays disputed, required the FO.

“India must be urged to immediately cancel all the domicile certificates of IOJ&K issued illegally, revoke unlawful rules aimed at further disempowering and disenfranchising the Kashmiris by effecting a demographic change, and comply with its international legal obligations through implementation of the relevant UNSC resolutions.”

The receivers of the residence certificates should understand that India has no legal authority to generate and settle people from outside the occupied valley, it stated, including that the international law bars India from such illegal actions.

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