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Pakistan issues demarche to India on worsening situation in IIOJK

ISLAMABAD: Pakistan has issued a “strong demarche” to India on the worsening situation in Indian Illegally Occupied Jammu and Kashmir (IIOJK) since India’s annexation of the disputed territory on August 5, 2019.

The Foreign Office, in a statement, said that the Indian Charge d’Affaires in Islamabad was called to the ministry and conveyed Pakistan’s “unequivocal rejection of India’s illegal and unilateral actions” of August 5, 2019, in IIOJK. 

It reminded New Delhi that the action “breached international law, UN Charter and the 4th Geneva Convention as well as several resolutions of United Nations Security Council (UNSC) on the Jammu and Kashmir dispute”.

“A strong protest was registered over the series of illegitimate measures taken by Indian order to unilaterally alter the internationally recognised disputed status of the territory and to accentuate its brutal military occupation,” said the statement.

The Indian diplomat was told that three years since India’s August 5 action there was “no let-up in the strong-armed military siege of the occupied territory and the humanitarian and human rights situation continues to exacerbate”.

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“Extrajudicial killings, detentions and arrests, fake cases and bogus trials under the ambit of draconian laws and a compromised judicial system have become a norm in the IIOJK,” said the FO.

The Indian diplomat was also informed of Pakistan’s categorical rejection of the report of the so-called “Delimitation Commission”.

“It was underscored that India cannot unilaterally alter the demographic composition of IIOJK under the garb of fake electoral reforms,” said the FO. The diplomat was also reminded of Pakistan’s consistent demand that India must reverse its illegal and unilateral actions of August 5 2019; immediately lift its inhuman military siege in IIOJK; stop its illegal measures to change the demographic structure of the occupied territory; cease extra-judicial killings of Kashmiri youth in fake encounters and cordon-and-search operations. 

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