Pakistan slams Indian moves to alter Muslim majority complexion in IHK

SHAFAQNA – Pakistan’s Foreign Office on Thursday slammed moves by the Indian government to establish separate townships for Kashmiri Pandits in Occupied Kashmir (OK), terming them efforts to alter the Muslim majority in the disputed region.

In its weekly press briefing here, Foreign Office spokesperson Tasneem Aslam said that moves to “dissolve the Muslim population of Kashmir” were in contradiction of the United Nations’ resolutions.

She said that Kashmir is a disputed territory and any decisions relating to the region can be made only through a referendum.

She said that minorities were being settled in Occupied Kashmir by establishing special townships or zones.

Any efforts to alter the Muslim majority contradicts the UN’s resolutions on Kashmir, she said.

When asked about fate of Kashmir and Kashmiris, foreign office spokesperson reiterated Pakistan’s stance that the Jammu and Kashmir is a disputed territory. The UN Security Council resolutions have pronounced very clearly on the statusof the Jammu and Kashmir. Pending the final settlement through plebiscite, the two countries have administrative responsibilities in the disputed territory. But there is a very clear direction that there cannot be any demographic change and there cannot be any step which would alter the makeup of the state of Jammu and Kashmir.

Meanwhile, revealing details regarding arrest of 10 Pakistani nationals, she said a Panamian vessel, MV Aymen, was proceeding to Pipavav, India, for ship-breaking on April 2, but sank off the coast. Ten Pakistani and five Yamani seamen survived the incident.

Sadly, the Indian authorities , instead of helping the seamen, arrested all of them and since then, the ill-fated seamen have been languishing in police lockup in miserable condition.

Tasneem Aslam told journalists that Pakistan’s High Commission has been advised to get in touch with Indian authorities to ascertain the facts about seamen. “Our High Commission has approached the Indian government for ensuring security and well being as well as early repatriation of our seamen to Pakistan,” Tasneem Aslam said.

Quoting media reports, she said Pakistani seamen have been kept at a police station, and denied access to proper lodging.

“If true, it is against international law and all established norms. International law requires every State to render assistance to any person found at sea in danger and to treat them humanely. Our concerns in this regard have also been conveyed to the Indian side,” Tasneem added.

Replying another query, Tasneem said that India is yet to officially confirm the reports that a boat or boats were apprehended with narcotics and they were Pakistanis. “We have not received any confirmation of the incident,” said the spokeswoman.

Briefing the media persons about Pakistan’s relief assistance to Nepal, spokeswoman said aid has been divided into two phases. Pakistan dispatched its first medical aid and relief supplies to Nepal on April 26, 2015.Two C-130 aircraft delivered the relief assistance. The relief items transported to Nepal included, among others, medicines, blankets, tents, water, rice, lentils, search and rescue equipment and sniffing dogs. In addition to thirty doctors (including four lady doctors) an eighteen-member search and rescue team was sent to Nepal to provide urgent medical care/aid and relief supplies to the survivors of the earthquake.

The 2nd phase of Pakistan relief assistance started on April 28, 2015. Two C-130 aircraft were involved in delivering relief assistance to Nepal. Tents, blankets, MRE (Meal-Ready-to-Eat), medicines and search and rescue equipment were transported in the second phase of Pakistan’s relief assistance. A total of 39 personnel reached Kathmandu on April 28, 2015. Two sniffer dogs accompanied our search and rescue team. Pakistani medical and rescue teams have been deployed in Bhaktapur to carry out search and rescue efforts and provide emergency medical aid to the injured. Bhaktapur city, where our contingent has set up its camp, is the third of the medieval city-states in the Kathmandu valley. It has also been known as the cultural capital of Nepal. Yesterday, the first baby was born in the Pakistani medical camp. We are happy that both mother and the child are doing well.

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