By holding G20 meeting, India fails to hide IIOJK reality behind veneer of normalcy.

ISLAMABAD -- Pakistan on Thursday said that by holding G-20 meeting in the Indian Illegally Occupied Jammu and Kashmir , India clearly failed in hiding the reality in IIOJK behind a veneer of normalcy.

The Foreign Office spokesperson, in a statement said that the Indian failure was demonstrated by low-level representation and the absence of a number of important invitees at the Srinagar meeting.

Rejecting the Indian move to hold the G-20 Tourism Working Group in Srinagar held on May 22-24, the spokesperson said Jammu and Kashmir was an internationally recognized disputed territory.

Spokesperson Mumtaz Zahra Baloch said that the Kashmir dispute had remained on the agenda of the United Nations Security Council for over seven decades.

In that backdrop, India hosted this Meeting in IIOJK in complete disregard of the relevant UN Security Council Resolutions, principles of the UN Charter and international law.

"Holding the G-20 meeting in disputed territory is a betrayal of the people of IIOJK.

For the last seven decades, they have been waiting for the international community to pay attention to their plight and to bring an end to the occupation and human rights violations," the spokesperson added.

She said tourism and development could not be promoted by holding the local population hostage and denying them their rights and freedoms.

The spokesperson said that by holding the G-20 meeting in Srinagar, India could not hide the reality of its illegal occupation of IIOJK and the oppression of the Kashmiri people.

"India's facade of normalcy in Kashmir is met by the harsh reality that IIOJK remains one of the most militarized zones on the planet. The extreme security measures, arbitrary arrests and harassment of the local population around the Srinagar meeting refute the claims of normalcy in the...

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