Niamey, 7 February 2023 (TDI): The Pakistani Embassy in Niamey observed Kashmir Solidarity Day. At Pakistan House, the Embassy organized an impressive gathering of Nigerians from all walks of life.
Several dignitaries, lawmakers, academics, prominent journalists, and well-known professors with an emphasis on South Asia took part.
Hamid Algabid, a former Secretary General of the OIC and Prime Minister of Niger attended the event as the guest of honor.
Ahmed Ali Sirohey, the Pakistani Ambassador to Niger, highlighted the significance of observing Kashmir Solidarity Day and described the Kashmir problem.
He told the audience that Indian occupation forces had arrived in Jammu and Kashmir on this day and had threatened to take harsh action against Kashmiris.
The Ambassador of Pakistan discussed the security, legal, and human aspects of the Kashmir conflict. He brought up the Kashmir issue because of its implications for both the region and the world.
The day was observed to show support for the people of Indian-controlled Kashmir, who continue to be denied their right to self-determination and the most fundamental human rights, in accordance with decades-old UN resolutions.
According to Ambassador Ahmed Ali Sirohey, the international community’s conscience continues to be seriously challenged by violations of human rights. The Kashmir issue, according to him, has been on the UN Security Council’s agenda for quite some time.
All of South Asia would experience peace and long-term stability if the Kashmir issue were resolved in accordance with the UNSC resolution, which would also aid the region in realizing its full economic potential.
The Ambassador claimed that although democratic governments have made good efforts to improve relations between Pakistan and India, such as granting MFN status, exchanging athletes, and sending cultural troupes, Modi has never responded favorably.
He emphasized that one of the fundamental rights recognized in the United Nations Charter and all significant human rights documents is the right to self-determination.
In addition, intellectuals from Niger noted the importance of the Kashmir dispute in their interviews with the media. In their struggle, Kashmiris have long endured suffering.
They underscored the socioeconomic and humanitarian aspects of the Kashmir conflict. On the other hand, starting on August 5th, 2019, the post-Modi government imposed a curfew and denied rights in occupied Kashmir.
The Indian government is currently working to alter demographics. They expressed the hope that the world would exert pressure on India to address this persistent problem in light of pertinent UN resolutions.