Muzafarabad, Feb 5: Expressing solidarity with Kashmiri brethren, President Arif Alvi urged New Delhi to halt consistent human rights violations committed by the Indian troops in Kashmir, reported Pakistan media.
Addressing a special session of the Pakistan Administered Kashmir Legislative Assembly in Muzaffarabad on Kashmir Day, the president demanded the immediate release of political prisoners languishing in Indian prisons. He called on the Indian Prime Minister Narendra Modi-led government to abolish black laws plaguing the disputed valley.
Alvi called upon the United Nations to send a fact-finding mission to Kashmir to ascertain the ground situation. He said the Indian government should lift restrictions on media and internet as it hindered Kashmiris’ right to freedom of expression. “India cannot suppress the freedom struggle through oppression or use of force.”
He also paid glowing tributes to the sacrifices rendered by the Kashmiri people and said India must know the importance of peace dialogue as the solution to all disputes lies in talks.
Stressing the importance of talks, Alvi said New Delhi was unwilling to hold dialogues with Islamabad to perpetuate its ‘illegal occupation of Kashmir.’
Meanwhile, Director General Inter-Services Public Relations (ISPR) Major General Asif Ghafoor stressed that Kashmir remained an unresolved issue on the United Nations agenda since 1948.
In a tweet, the military spokesperson said decades of atrocities by Indian forces failed to suppress ever strengthening legitimate freedom struggle.
“Determined Kashmiris shall succeed InshaAllah,” he added.