Pakistan rejects Indian attempts to portray ‘normalcy’ in occupied Kashmir

ISLAMABAD: Pakistan has categorically rejected Indian attempts seeking to portray a totally false impression of normalcy in Indian occupied Kashmir.

Indian occupied Kashmir continues to be the largest prison in the world with the heaviest deployment of Indian occupation forces since the coercive, unilateral and illegal Indian actions of August 5 aimed at altering the internationally recognised disputed status of the valley and changing its demographic structure to preempt the results of a UN plebiscite. Despite Indian claims, curfew continues.

Kashmiri leaders, especially Hurriyat leadership remain under house arrest/imprisoned. International media and credible human rights organisations continue to highlight the humanitarian nightmare (which has only intensified after more than 5 weeks) including arbitrary arrests of innocent Kashmiris, kidnapping of hundreds of young boys by Indian occupation forces to coerce their parents into submission, communication blockade (suspension of landlines, mobile phones and internet services) and restrictions/curbs on freedom of media. Shops remain closed, Kashmiris are unable to offer Friday prayers in mosques and there are credible reports of shortage of food items, including baby food and essential medicines.

In a statement by foreign office, “Contrary to Indian claims, use of pellet guns continues in a brutal assault by Indian occupation forces against innocent Kashmiris. India has failed to justify why Kashmiris are unable to get in touch with their loved ones through the iron curtain forced by India on occupied Kashmir, inhumanly cutting off more than eight million Kashmiris from the rest of the world, since August 5 August, prompting the international community and international human rights organisations, including Amnesty International to question Indian assertions of “normalcy” , including the denial of permission to the Indian opposition leaders themselves to visit occupied Kashmir.

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