Pakistan rejects ‘baseless’ Indian contentions about GB elections

Statesman Report

ISLAMABAD: The Foreign Office (FO) on Friday rejected remarks made by the Indian Ministry of External Affairs spokesperson regarding elections in Gilgit-Baltistan.

“The Indian government, which has been holding fraudulent ‘elections’ in occupied Jammu and Kashmir under the barrel of Indian occupation forces and has turned the region into the world’s largest open prison, has no locus standi to comment on elections in GB,” FO Spokesperson Aisha Farooqui said.

“Pakistan reiterates that India remains in illegal occupation of parts of Jammu and Kashmir,” the statement read, adding that the issue — the longest outstanding item on the UN Security Council’s agenda — stemmed from Delhi’s forcible and illegal occupation of the region in 1947.

In the statement issued Friday, the FO spokesperson reiterated that the only resolution to the Kashmir issue was the “faithful implementation of the relevant UNSC resolutions that recognise the inalienable right” of the Kashmiris “through the democratic method of a free and impartial plebiscite under UN auspices”.

“Baseless Indian contentions about elections in GB cannot cover up the egregious human rights violations committed by Indian security forces in occupied Jammu and Kashmir.

“Only the other day, heartless Indian occupation forces in Sopore killed an unarmed civilian in front of [his] three-year old grandson,” she said, referring to the killing of an elderly man by Indian troops in front of his minor grandson during a gun battle with Kashmiri fighters two days ago.

“The impunity enjoyed by Indian occupation forces under the draconian laws in place [...] is another dimension of state terrorism being perpetrated by India against unarmed Kashmiris.”

Farooqui called upon the Indian government to vacate all occupied territories, reverse all illegal actions taken in the valley, revoke all draconian laws, and allow neutral observers to visit the region to ascertain the Kashmiris’ well-being. y>