Pakistan slams India’s sham statement on AJK elections

The Nation  |  Jul 30, 2021

Pakistan on Friday slammed India’s sham protest regarding AJK elections that concluded last Sunday with victory of ruling Pakistan Tehreek-e-Insaf (PTI) party.

“The Indian Charge d’Affaires was summoned to the Ministry of Foreign Affairs to convey Pakistan’s complete rejection of India’s sham protest and to reiterate Pakistan’s clear and consistent position on the Jammu and Kashmir dispute,” a statement by Pakistan’s Foreign Ministry said.

A day earlier, India had said: “The so-called elections in Indian territory, under illegal occupation of Pakistan, are nothing but an attempt to camouflage its illegal occupation and the material changes undertaken by it in these territories.”

“Pakistan categorically rejects the false, untenable and self-serving comments,” Pakistan’s Foreign Ministry said.

Last Sunday, over half of the total 3.2 million voters cast their ballots to elect the 53-member legislative assembly in Azad Jammu and Kashmir, for a five-year term.

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The vote was held for 45 general seats, while the remaining eight will be divided among the political parties on the basis of their victory ratio on general seats.

A party requires 27 seats to form the government with a simple majority. The PTI bagged 26 seats which allows it to form the government on its own.

“India cannot hide the fact that it is in illegal occupation of parts of Jammu and Kashmir. To perpetuate its occupation of the Indian Illegally Occupied Jammu & Kashmir (IIOJK), India has committed horrendous human rights violations against innocent Kashmiris over the past seven decades, and particularly since Aug. 5, 2019,” stated the ministry.

The ministry said the people of Azad Jammu and Kashmir “enjoy the fruits of free and participatory electoral process, while the IIOJK bleeds under India’s illegal occupation.”

The Jammu and Kashmir dispute between Pakistan and India has been on the agenda of the UN Security Council since 1948.

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“It remains an internationally recognized dispute, as affirmed by the relevant Security Council resolutions,” the ministry added.

“India has reneged on commitments made over the years in numerous official communications to the Security Council, to Pakistan, to other states, and to the people of Jammu and Kashmir to abide by and implement the UN Security Council’s resolutions on Jammu and Kashmir,” the statement said.

The Security Council, said Pakistan, has clearly delineated the principle that the “final disposition of the State of Jammu and Kashmir will be made in accordance with the will of the people expressed through the democratic method of a free and impartial plebiscite conducted under the auspices of the United Nations.”

“India must immediately end its illegal occupation of parts of Jammu and Kashmir, stop its egregious violations of the human rights in IIOJK, and take steps for immediate and full implementation of the UNSC resolutions on the Jammu and Kashmir dispute,” it added.

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