Pakistan rejects India’s new domicile law in IOK

Pakistan rejects India’s new domicile law in IOK

Islamabad (Web Desk): Pakistan On Tuesday strongly condemned and completely rejected the Indian government's attempts to further deprive the people of Indian Occupied Jammu and Kashmir (IOJ&K) through Jammu and Kashmir Grant of Domicile Certificate (Procedure), 2020.

In a statement, Foreign Office (FO) Spokesperson Aisha Farooqui said that the new domicile law is illegal and in clear violation of the relevant United Nations Security Council (UNSC) Resolutions, international law including the 4th Geneva Convention and bilateral Agreements between Pakistan and India.

The spokesperson said the domicile law is aimed at changing the demographic structure of the IOK and undermining the exercise by the Kashmiri people of their right to self-determination through free and impartial plebiscite as per the relevant UNSC Resolutions.

"Such steps can neither change the disputed nature of Jammu and Kashmir recognised as such by the United Nations (UN) and the international community nor can they prejudice the inalienable right to self-determination of the Kashmiri people," she added.

Aisha Farooqui said like the earlier illegal Indian actions, the people of IOK have completely rejected the domicile law as unacceptable.

"The Kashmiri people will never accept the sinister “Hindutva” agenda of dispossessing them of their land, marginalising them politically and economically, and depriving them of their distinct identity," the statement said.

The FO urged that the UN and the international community must take immediate action to stop India from changing the demography and distinct identity of the IOJ&K and hold India accountable for the persistent violations of international law.