President Arif Alvi on Wednesday said India has learned how to change regional demography from the Jewish State of Israel. He lashed out at India for oppression and atrocities against the defenseless Kashmiris.
The President was addressing a rally in connection with Youm e Istehsal, the day India’s revocation of special status of occupied Kashmir. The President said India troops have been committing gross human rights violations in Kashmir and fundamental rights of the people have been suppressed.
“They signed the Simla Agreement with us in which it was decided that [both countries] will hold bilateral dialogue, but to date, India has refused to hold talks. Whenever the issue was raised on multilateral forums, India made excuses saying that it was a bilateral issue but they are not ready to talk.”
He said that Pakistan did not accept Article 370 — which provided special status to the occupied region — originally as well because “we want the independence of Kashmir since it is not part of India”. Narendra Modi’s government, he lamented, repealed the law and changed Article 35(a) last year.
“If, over the past year, Kashmiris had appreciated the move [of repealing the region’s special status], India would not have to impose a lockdown in [occupied Kashmir],” President Alvi declared.
He stressed that Pakistan government had always strove for peace. Even after India violated Pakistani airspace on the “false reaction on Pulwama” blast, Pakistan returned the captured Indian airforce pilot Abhinandan “to show to the world and India that we want peace not war”.