Article 35-A: India bidding to pre-empt results of any future ‘Plebiscite’ in Kashmir, says Pakistan

Srinagar

Pakistan on Thursday expressed “grave concerns” over attempts by New Delhi to “change the demography of Jammu and Kashmir State”.

The foreign office spokesperson, Nafees Zakaria, in a weekly press briefing said that Kashmiris have been promised the right to self-determination through a free, fair and transparent plebiscite under the auspices of the UN in line with the relevant UNSC resolutions. This has been pending due to Indian obstinacy since the last 7 decades.

“Now, India is attempting to pre-empt the results of any future UN Plebiscite by changing the demography of Kashmir through unlawful means in contravention of the UNSC Resolutions.”

He said that the former Adviser to the PM on Foreign Affairs, Sartaj Aziz, had written a letter to the UNSG underscoring the Indian attempts. “We expect the international community to take practical steps to halt Indian violation of UNSC Resolutions on Kashmir and its international obligations.”

“Grave human rights violations in Kashmir and unprovoked firing on this side of the Line of Control and attempts aimed at changing demography threaten regional peace with consequences for global peace and security,” he said.

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