Islamabad, 11 December 2023 (TDI): Caretaker Foreign Minister Jalil Abbas Jilani reaffirmed Pakistan’s stance on the Kashmir issue in the wake of the Supreme Court of India’s decision upholding the 2019 annexation of the disputed territory. Minister Jilani condemned India’s unilateral actions and reiterated that they hold no legal standing.
“India’s unilateral actions on August 5, 2019, were illegal and in clear violation of UN resolutions,” Minister Jilani stated. He emphasized that Kashmir remains a global conflict, and the UN resolutions pertaining to the region are indisputable.
The Supreme Court of India’s recent verdict, according to Minister Jilani, does not alter the reality of ongoing Indian atrocities in Kashmir. “The decision cannot divert the world’s attention from the grave human rights violations perpetrated by Indian forces in the region,” he affirmed.
Highlighting the plight of Kashmiris, Minister Jilani emphasized that India’s actions aim to transform the native population into a minority in their own land, constituting a violation of international law. He asserted that Islamabad will persist in bringing attention to New Delhi’s unilateral actions on various international platforms, including the United Nations, the European Union, and OIC.
“The issue of occupied Kashmir has been on the UN’s agenda for decades, and adherence to UN resolutions is imperative for its resolution,” Minister Jilani stressed. He further pointed out that Pakistan will explore all available options following the Indian Supreme Court’s decision, underscoring parallels with past biased verdicts.
Minister Jilani shed light on the enduring suffering of the people in occupied Kashmir since the abrogation of Article 370, citing severe restrictions and continual human rights violations imposed by Indian authorities.
As Pakistan stands resolute in its support for Kashmir’s cause, Minister Jilani concluded by reaffirming the government’s commitment to pursuing a resolution in line with international law and UN resolutions to bring an end to the longstanding conflict.