Senate of Pakistan unanimously declares August 5, 2019 a ‘Black Day’ in solidarity with Kashmiris

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The Senate of Pakistan, today, passed a unanimous resolution, terming August 5, 2019, as a ‘Black Day’ and expressing unwavering support for the innocent people of Kashmir residing on the other side of the Line of Control.

Senator Kamran Murtaza of Jamiat Ulema-e-Islam-Fazl (JUI-F) presented the resolution.

Recalling the historic moment, the Senate highlighted the abrogation of Articles 370 370 35-A of the Indian Constitution by the Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP)-led government on August 5, 2019. The move effectively stripped Indian illegally occupied Jammu and Kashmir of its special status and led to its division into two union territories.

The Senate firmly rejected India’s actions, deeming them illegal and in direct violation of the United Nations Security Council (UNSC) resolutions.

The Senate expressed its deep concern over the blatant violation of human rights by the Indian government and the escalation of rights violations by Indian forces in IIOJK. These actions were deemed to infringe upon the civil, political, economic, social, and cultural rights of the Kashmiri people, it added.

Reaffirming the principles enshrined in the UN Charter, the Senate emphasized the importance of self-determination for all peoples. It underscored the significance of several unimplemented UNSC resolutions on the Kashmir dispute, asserting that the final resolution of Kashmir dispute should be determined by the will of the people.

The Senate strongly condemned state terrorism and crimes against humanity perpetrated by Indian forces in IIOJK. It acknowledged the efforts of international human rights organizations and the media, as well as international parliamentary fora, particularly the European Parliament, for their concerns regarding the severe human rights violations in IIOJK.

Calling upon the global community to support the freedom struggles of the Kashmiri people, the Senate drew parallels to the international support extended to Ukraine during the Russian-Ukrainian conflict.

In light of these developments, the Senate recommended that the government of Pakistan should further intensify its diplomatic endeavours to spotlight the Kashmir dispute at the UNSC. It advised the government to regularly provide updates and issue joint communications to international human rights bodies regarding the evolving situation in the occupied territory.

The Senate’s unanimous resolution served as a resounding affirmation of Pakistan’s unwavering solidarity with the people of Kashmir and its commitment to advocating for their rights on the international stage.

Meanwhile, Advisor to the Prime Minister on Kashmir Affairs Qamar Zaman Kaira praised Foreign Minister Bilawal Bhutto Zardari for passionately presenting the Kashmir case during his recent visit to India and voiced the issue in all forums he attended, raising global awareness about the severe human rights violations in IIOJK.

He said, “Pakistan stands firmly with the Kashmiris until they achieve their right to self-determination.”

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