ISLAMABAD -- President of Azad Jammu and Kashmir Sardar Masood Khan Thursday strongly condemned the unilateral and unlawful steps taken by the Indian government to bifurcate the Indian occupied territory of Jammu and Kashmir and termed it an illegal and flagrant violation of international law, United Nations Security Council Resolutions, ICC Statutes and the Fourth Geneva Convention.
'India has formally initiated colonial rule, foreign occupation and alien domination in IOK. This is a dark day in the history of IOK and India has taken these steps without the consent of the people and without fulfilling the requirements under the UN Security Council resolutions. These illegal steps will be resisted by the people of Indian Occupied Kashmir, Azad Jammu and Kashmir and Pakistan with tooth and nail', he said.
The President made these remarks while addressing a delegation of under training junior diplomats from China, Afghanistan and Pakistan. The training of the diplomats is being organised by the Foreign Service Academy (FSA) under the rubric of China-Afghanistan-Pakistan Practical Cooperation Dialogue. Director General FSA Ambassador Aftab Ahmad Khokhar was also present during the call on.
The AJK President while addressing his audience termed the recent steps taken by India as a part of the bigger plan to turn Kashmir into a colony of Delhi and to transform the demography of the occupied State in order to make the Muslim majority into a minority by settling non-Muslims and non-Kashmiris from all over India.
The President said that steps taken on August 5 of this year have unleashed a new reign of terror and repression in IOK. Thousands of Kashmiri youth have been detained and are being subjected to torture, political leadership is incarcerated, educational institutions are closed and the whole population of IOK has been forced to remain locked up in their homes. 'The situation in IOK is dire', he added.
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