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Youm-e-Istehsal | President AJK Sardar Masood Khan Speech | 5th August 2021

MUZAFFARABAD, August 4: The AJK President Sardar Masood Khan termed August 5, 2019, as the darkest day in the history of Kashmir and said that the attack launched by India on this day, two years ago to colonize occupied Jammu and Kashmir was still continued.

In a message on completion of two years of India’s illegal action of August 5, 2019, the AJK President said “two years ago, India invaded, reoccupied, and besieged the Occupied Jammu and Kashmir. The occupation continues; the siege continues. In these past two years, thousands of men, boys, and children have been illegally detained and tortured in prison houses and concentration camps.

“Millions of Hindus from India have been illegally domiciled to reduce Muslim majority in the occupied state. Eighty percent of the Kashmiris’ land has been expropriated for Hindu settlements and businesses. Hundreds of Kashmiri youth have been killed in the cordon and search operations,” he narrated.

Saying that India bifurcated the disputed territory into two parts last year illicitly and declared that Kashmiris in IOJK would be ruled by Delhi, without their consent, Khan said now in another sinister move this year, Delhi launched massive import and transfer of Hindus from India to settle them in the occupied territory in order to change the demographic composition of the state.

This was a flagrant violation of the 4th Geneva Convention and international law, the AJK president stated.

“India has committed war crimes, crimes against humanity, and genocide. Under the Geneva Convention and international law, India must be held accountable for these heinous crimes. The cover of impunity given to India should be withdrawn. Against this backdrop, India has no right to sit in the Security Council or preside over it,” he demanded.

The Indian occupation army, he said, had killed hundreds of young men, incarcerated thousands of boys and children, and forcibly disappeared Kashmiris. All pro-freedom leaders were under illegal detention. Concentration camps had been set up in the IIOJK and India to force political activists to discard their quest for liberty. The occupied territory’s economy had also been ruined, he added.

He condemned India’s terrorism in the occupied territory and demand that the international community should take action to save Kashmiris from decimation and destruction. We are grateful to world parliaments and media networks for speaking up for Kashmiris in the past, but now when the identity of the state and its people is being erased, the world is silent.

“The people of Jammu and Kashmir would repulse Indian designs of colonisation and secure their freedom through self-determination,” the state President vowed and paid tributes to mothers and daughters, fathers and sons and, above all, martyrs for liberty in the Occupied Jammu and Kashmir.

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