In his message on global Human Rights Day, marked on December 10, Prime Minister Imran Khan appealed to the international community to act against the “illegal annexation” of occupied Kashmir by the Indian government.
“On Human Rights Day, we must appeal to the world’s conscience, to upholders of international law [and] to the UNSC to act against the illegal annexation of IOJK by the Indian occupation government,” he said in a tweet on Tuesday morning.
The premier condemned the Indian government’s “siege” of over four months and demanded an end to the “gross abuse and atrocities being inflicted on Kashmiri men, women and children by Indian occupation forces in violation of all international humanitarian and human rights laws”.
“We salute and stand resolutely with the brave Kashmiris struggling for their right of self-determination,” he added.
On August 5, the Indian government imposed a lockdown in occupied Kashmir after India’s ruling Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) stripped Kashmiris of the special autonomy they had for seven decades through a rushed presidential order. The security and communication clampdown is now in its fifth month.
Since the revocation of Article 370, Prime Minister Imran has repeatedly raised a concern about the situation in occupied Kashmir both domestically and at international forums. The highlight of his more than 45-minute-long speech at the United Nations General Assembly in September was intense criticism of India for its annexation of occupied Kashmir and the continued restrictions imposed in the region.
In another tweet today, the premier said that on an international day for human rights, “Muslims need to remember the message of equality, justice and protection of human rights for all” that Prophet Muhammad (PBUH) had given over 1,400 years ago.
“This embodied the cardinal principles of respect for human rights and human dignity,” he said.
The premier added that inspired by the ideals preached by the Prophet, particularly his last sermon, as well as the duties enshrined in the Constitution, his government is “committed to the protection of human rights for all its citizens without discrimination”.