Pakistan’s Efforts to Maintain Peace and Stability in the Region
The Indian government and Indian media continue to spread disinformation to mislead the international community, and the Indian people, for domestic political gains, while trying to cover up its failures and resultant embarrassment. Pakistan, on the other hand, responded with maturity, responsibility and resolve in all domains including political, information and response to Indian act of military aggression.
Pakistan has categorically rejected false Indian allegations about the Pulwama attack, which had indigenous origin, including the use of local explosives and vehicle, miles away from LOC. This explains it all. Notwithstanding all this, the Prime Minister of Pakistan offered cooperation in investigations and asked for actionable evidence from India, in response to which a “dossier” was received on 28 February 2019, a day after the second Indian violation of Pakistan’s airspace. The “dossier” is being examined and update on it will be shared in due course. Air intrusion and attempted strike near Balakot (KP) through Azad Jammu & Kashmir by IAF was in complete violation of relevant provisions of the UN Charter and international law, as it constituted unlawful use of force against the territory of Pakistan. Pakistan, exercising its right of reprisal, acted on 27 February 2019 from within Pakistani airspace displaying our capability, capacity and responsible attitude, by taking 6 strikes (4 targets) on non-civilian and non-military targets with clear intent not to cause any damage to life or infrastructure.
On the other hand on 27 February 2019, IAF with belligerent intentions once again violated Pakistan’s air space. Pakistan in exercise of its right of self defence under the UN Charter exercised the legitimate use of force while staying within its air space, against two Indian aircrafts that had intruded into Pakistani air space. As a consequence, both Indian aircraft were successfully shot down by Pakistan Air Force. False claims of an Indian aircraft having shot down a Pakistani F16 are completely baseless, meant only to satisfy Indian domestic audience, but in the process they also exposed their lies one after another.
In contrast to Pakistan’s sincere efforts to pacify the situation, India’s belligerent tone still continues motivated by domestic political considerations and electoral calculations. The Prime Minister of Pakistan returned the Indian pilot as a gesture of peace, which was welcomed and appreciated by the international community, with the sole exception of the Indian Government.
The government of Pakistan urges the international community to stop Indian Government from committing heinous human rights violations (documented in the OHCHR Report of June 2018) and brutalities such as rape, blinding of women, children and youth through use of pellet guns, forced exodus for demographic re-configuration, to suppress indigenous movement in IoK, on the pretext of “counter-terrorism” measures.
Pakistan stands in full support – moral, political, diplomatic – as well as in solidarity with the people of Indian occupied Jammu & Kashmir in their legitimate struggle for their right to self-determination and desires peaceful resolution of the Kashmir dispute in accordance with the aspirations of people of Jammu and Kashmir, as enshrined in the relevant UN Security Council Resolutions.
Regarding Indian allegations on terrorism, the whole world recognizes Pakistan’s successful fight against terrorism. Having tackled the direct threat of terrorism, the efforts to root out extremism are underway since 2014 through National Action Plan. The linking of ongoing efforts in this regard to Pulwama is part of the Indian agenda for domestic political gains.
9 March 2019
Resolution adopted by the Cabinet
A special meeting of the Federal Cabinet chaired by Prime Minister, Shahid Khaqan Abbasi was held today to review the current situation arising from the recent Indian brutalities and killings in Indian Occupied Jammu & Kashmir. It adopted the following resolution:
The Federal Cabinet strongly condemned the brutal and indiscriminatory use of force by the Indian occupation forces that resulted in the martyrdom of more than 20 innocent Kashmiris in Shopian and Anantnag in the Indian Occupied Jammu & Kashmir.
The Federal Cabinet emphatically condemned the suspension of communication services, especially the internet in the valley, and underscored that such reprehensible Indian attempts aimed at silencing the voice of the Kashmiris from reaching the international community would never succeed.
The Federal Cabinet paid a rich tribute to the brave and resilient people of Indian occupied Jammu and Kashmir who have been continuously demonstrating against the brutal repression, incarceration, torture and extra judicial killing perpetrated by the illegal occupation Indian forces.
The Federal Cabinet emphatically condemned the draconian laws, including POTA, TADA, PSA and AFSPA imposed by India in Indian Occupied Jammu & Kashmir. It further stressed that the deteriorating situation in IoK and the Indian escalation at the Working Boundary and the LoC is a flashpoint and a threat to regional peace and tranquility.
Expressing solidarity with the people of Jammu and Kashmir the Federal Cabinet urged the international community to take cognizance of the gross and systematic human rights violations of the Kashmiris in IOK and requested the Office of the High Commissioner for Human Rights and the OIC Independent Permanent Human Rights Commission to send Fact Finding missions to the Indian occupied Jammu & Kashmir.
The Cabinet also reiterated the Prime Minister’s request to the UN Secretary General to appoint a Special Envoy for Jammu and Kashmir with a mandate flowing from the unimplemented UN Security Council resolutions.
The Federal Cabinet also decided to send special envoys of the Prime Minister, including the President of Azad Jammu Kashmir, to selected capitals to highlight the deteriorating situation in IoK.
The Federal Cabinet declared that 6 April 2018 be observed as Kashmir Solidarity Day in support of our Kashmiris brothers and sisters against Indian brutalities. Some Cabinet members would participate in the Joint Session of the AJK Legislative Assembly on 4 April 2018.
02 April 2018
ON KILLINGS IN INDIAN OCCUPIED KASHMIR
Prime Minister Shahid Khaqan Abbasi expressed deep shock and grief at the indiscriminate, vicious killing of more than seventeen Kashmiri youth in Indian Occupied Jammu and Kashmir by the Indian forces. The brutal crackdown, including the despicable use of pellet guns on civilians who were protesting against the killing is deplorable.
Strongly condemning the gross inhuman violations of the basic human rights of innocent Kashmiris, including the basic human right to life and health, the Prime Minister emphasised that Indian attempts to label the legitimate Kashmir struggle terrorism cannot deter the valiant people of Jammu and Kashmir from their demand of exercising their right to self-determination in accordance with the UN Security Council resolutions.
The Prime Minister stressed the need for the international community to urge India to allow access to fact finding missions of the OHCHR and OIC IPHRC to Indian occupied Jammu & Kashmir. He also called upon the UNSC Secretary General to appoint a special representative for Jammu & Kashmir, where India, encouraged by the silence of the international community, continues to kill with impunity.
01 April 2018