Pakistan, in a strongly worded rebuke to the Indian response following Prime Minister Imran Khan’s speech at the UNGA and categorically, stated that Jammu and Kashmir never was and never will be a part of India, adding that New Delhi has no claim over the region other than that of a “military occupier”.
It is forced to use naked force to impose its occupation on an unwilling and oppressed people. Ask the people of Jammu and Kashmir and they will tell you emphatically: Jammu and Kashmir is not a part of India. It never was and never will be,” said Zulqarnain Chheena.
Earlier on Saturday, India had responded to the prime minister’s UNGA address calling it “full of lies, misinformation and warmongering”, according to Hindustan Times. The Indian delegate had also walked out while the premier’s pre-recorded UNGA speech was aired.
In a rebuttal to the Indian statement, the Pakistan representative said that the Indian reply was “another shameful attempt to deflect attention away from the real issues”.
However, India will not be able to run away from accountability for its crimes. In his statement, the prime minister shed a spotlight on Indian Prime Minister Narendra Modi’s India which is defined by its oppressive and brutal occupation of the land and resources of Jammu and Kashmir.
The Pakistani representative said that the state of Jammu and Kashmir was an internationally recognized disputed territory as decreed by the United Nations Security Council (UNSC).
“The final disposition of the state will be made in accordance with the will of the people expressed through democratic methods of a free and unbiased poll under the protective cover of the UN.”
He said that the indigenous Kashmiri freedom struggle seeks to realize the implementation of the UNSC resolutions in the exercise of their inalienable right to self-determination.
“The Kashmiris have an admissible right to resist occupation by all means at their disposal. This just struggle cannot be denigrated or described as terrorism. It is the occupying state that is guilty of terrorism against the occupied people.
“Like all oppressors, India continues to believe it can vanquish the admissible Kashmiri resistance through brute force. In its playbook, the alternative to suppression is even more suppression. But like all colonial oppressors of the past, India will fail in its strategy of occupation and oppression.
“Kashmir will be free one day. This is not only a lesson of history, it is also an imperative of justice,” he said.
Chheena added that the people of Pakistan, the Islamic world, and all freedom-loving people stood with the valiant people of occupied Kashmir.
Indian state-sponsored terrorism
The Pakistani representative also commented on Indian state-sponsored terrorism, calling the country “the mothership of terrorism”.
“India has used terrorism against each of its neighbors, against its own people and against the innocent people of Indian occupied Jammu and Kashmir.
“India is actively involved in orchestrating, financing, and providing logistical support to terrorist organizations to target Pakistan from across borders. It has hired organized criminal groups located across our western border to conduct terrorist attacks in Pakistan especially to disrupt the development of the western and southern regions.”
He added that Kulbhushan Jadhav, a former Indian Navy officer arrested in Pakistan on espionage charges, had confessed to organizing and supporting these criminal groups to perpetrate terrorism in Pakistan.
“Pakistan and our entire region face Hindutva terrorism as well. The BJP-RSS extremists continue to espouse the fiction a ‘Greater India’ which represents their desire for a unified subcontinent, dominated by the Hindu religion where minorities either convert to Hinduism or become second-class citizens.
“The Indian government is also responsible for the worst form of state terrorism against the oppressed people of illegally occupied Jammu and Kashmir. Over 100,000 Kashmiris have lost their lives under the brutal occupation spanning over seven decades. [But] not one Indian soldier has been punished for crimes against humanity and these atrocities.
“Despite India’s wishes, the international community can clearly see through the Indian hoax of presenting itself as a victim of terrorism.
“We must confront and defeat terrorism in all its forms and manifestations. This goal can’t be accomplished without confronting the terrorism of hate and ambition which currently emanates from fascist ideologies in India.
“Instead of tilting at windmills, India would be better served to put its own house in order and to strive for regional peace based on equality and mutual respect, and a peaceful settlement of disputes,” the diplomat concluded.