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Pakistan warns India against further illegal steps in IIOJK

ISLAMABAD – Pakistan yesterday warned In­dia against carrying further il­legal actions in held Kashmir after the unlawful merger into the union territory.

Pakistan reiterated its firm opposition to Indian illegal ac­tions in the Indian Illegally Oc­cupied Jammu and Kashmir. “We have noted with serious concern reports indicating that India might be plotting further division, bifurcation and de­mographic changes in the In­dian Illegally Occupied Jammu and Kashmir to perpetuate its illegal occupation,” Foreign Of­fice spokesperson Zahid Ha­feez Chaudhri said. He added: “No new instrument of occupa­tion shall have any legal effect. India cannot change the disput­ed status of IIOJK, as enshrined in the United Nations Security Council resolutions, nor can it force Kashmiris and Pakistan to accept illegal outcomes.”

India’s unilateral and illegal actions in IIOJK remain viola­tive of international law and the relevant United Nations Securi­ty Council Resolutions, he said.

The IIOJK, he said, is an inter­nationally recognized disputed territory and Pakistan will con­tinue to resolutely oppose Indi­an attempts to change the de­mographic structure and final status of IIOJK.

“We urge India to halt and reverse its unlawful and de­stabilizing actions, ensure full compliance with the UN Secu­rity Council resolutions, and refrain from any further steps that might imperil the region­al peace and security in South Asia,” the spokesperson said.

Last week, Prime Minister Imran Khan said that Pakistan was ready to restart talks with arch-rival India if New Delhi provides a roadmap towards restoring the previous status of the disputed Himalayan region of Kashmir. In August 2019, In­dia withdrew occupied Kash­mir’s autonomy in order to tighten its grip over the terri­tory, sparking outrage in Paki­stan, the downgrading of dip­lomatic ties and suspension of bilateral trade.

“If there is a roadmap, then, yes, we will talk.” PM Khan said in an interview. Previ­ously, PM Khan and his gov­ernment have held that India would have to first reverse its 2019 steps for any normalisa­tion process to begin.

“Even if they give us a road­map, that these are the steps that we will take to basical­ly undo what they did, which is illegal, against international law and United Nations resolu­tions… then that is acceptable,” the premier said. Kashmir has been a flashpoint since In­dia and Pakistan gained in­dependence from British rule in 1947, and they have fought two wars over the region. 

FO spokesperson Zahid Ha­feez Chaudhri said Pakistan “calls upon the international community, including the Unit­ed Nations, world parliaments, international human rights and humanitarian organizations and global media to take im­mediate cognizance of the sit­uation. India must be stopped from any further illegal action in the occupied territory.” For its part, he said, “Pakistan re­mains firm in its commitment to provide all possible sup­port to the people of IIOJK for realization of their inalienable right to self-determination.”

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