PR No.308 International Community should fulfil its commitment with Kashmiris; Tariq Azim Khan Ottawa

In accordance with the decision of the Government of Pakistan the Black Day was observed at the Pakistan High Commission, Ottawa, in support of the struggle of the people of Jammu and Kashmir. The event was largely attended by members of Pakistani Canadians Community.


While speaking on the occasion, High Commissioner Tariq Azim Khan underlined the importance of resolving the Jammu and Kashmir dispute in accordance with the aspirations of the people of Jammu and Kashmir. He said that Pakistan has always supported the right of self-determination of Kashmiris and will continue to do so.

He informed the audience that the situation in Indian administered Kashmir has deteriorated not only from a human rights perspective but also with regards to freedom of information and restrictions placed on the local media; Indian Occupied Kashmir has been closed for media, international observers, doctors and paramedic staff.
“This gathering is to raise awareness of the plight of the Kashmiris in Indian Occupied Kashmir. As a result of excessive and indiscriminate force over 100 civilians have been killed and thousands have been injured. Many of the injured have lost their eyesight due to use of pellet guns,” added the ambassador.


He said there were reports of Indian forces harassing hospital staff, doctors and paramedics and dissuading them from treating the injured. He called for a fair and transparent inquiry against the individuals responsible for the deaths. He also urged the international community, particularly the champions of human rights, to fulfil their commitments towards the people of Jammu & Kashmir under the UN Security Council resolutions.

Mr. Abid Hussain Abid an author based in Ottawa recited his poem to pay tribute to the innocent Martyrs of Indian Occupied Kashmir. Earlier the messages of the President and the Prime Minister were also read at the event.