Islamabad, 13 July 2022 (TDI): Pakistani Prime Minister, Shehbaz Sharif stated that Kashmir Martyrs’ Day is a reminder of the sacrifices Kashmiris have rendered for their inalienable and UN-sanctioned right to self-determination.

The Prime Minister highlighted that the flame of freedom from the Indian yoke has been kept alive by the generations of Kashmiris in the face of Indian tyranny and oppression.

Government of Pakistan’s solidarity with the Kashmiri people

Pakistani government and the people of Pakistan are commemorating the 91st Youm-e-Shuhada-e-Kashmir, that is, Kashmir Martyrs’ Day.

Thus, Pakistan pays tribute to the 22 Kashmiri martyrs who made the ultimate sacrifice. While enduring the indiscriminate force unleashed on them by the Dogra troops in 1931.

Therefore, Pakistan joins their Kashmiri brethren on either side of the Line of Control (LoC) in commemorating the contribution of the Martyrs.

However, Kashmiris continue struggling against India’s illegal occupation. In line with this, Indian occupation forces still hold the Kashmiri people hostage. Thus, under the worst form of military siege in perpetuating their wrongful occupation of Jammu and Kashmir.

India’s illegal and unilateral actions of 5 August 2019 were another attempt to take away the Kashmiri people’s distinct identity. As well as turn them into a minority in their own land.

Particularly, more than 640 Kashmiris have been martyred in extra-judicial killings since then, and 120 have been martyred this year.

In 2020, India scrapped the regional public holiday on Kashmir Martyrs’ Day that had been observed since 1948 every year.

Additionally, India discontinued the traditional guard of honor ceremony at the Martyrs’ Graveyard.

Therefore, Pakistan continues to urge India to halt its state-terrorism immediately in the Indian Illegally Occupied Jammu & Kashmir (IIOJK).

As well as to stop human rights violations, and release all political prisoners. Also, to allow the Kashmiri people to exercise their legitimate right to self-determination.

In addition, Pakistan calls upon the international community, international human rights organizations, and especially the United Nations and its human rights mechanism “to take cognizance of the dire human rights and humanitarian situation in the IIOJK”.

Together with ensuring peaceful resolution of the Jammu and Kashmir dispute. Specifically in line with the relevant UNSC resolutions and the wishes of the Kashmiri people.