Islamabad, 19 July, 2023 (GNP): Kashmiris worldwide united to observe the ‘Accession to Pakistan Day’ today, renewing their resolve to combat the ongoing oppression imposed by the Indian government and to uphold their right to self-determination as guaranteed by the United Nations Security Council resolutions.
The historic significance of 19 July, 1947, holds a special place in the hearts of Kashmiris, as it was on this day that the All Jammu and Kashmir Muslim Conference, representing the Kashmiri people, unanimously passed a resolution affirming the accession of Jammu and Kashmir to Pakistan. The resolution was based on the religious, geographical, cultural, and economic proximity between Kashmir and Pakistan, as well as the aspirations of millions of Kashmiri Muslims.
This momentous decision predated the establishment of Pakistan and India by almost a month, as outlined in the Partition Plan of the British Indian colony on August 14 and 15 of the same year. The resolution emphasized the inevitability of Jammu and Kashmir’s accession to Pakistan, considering factors such as the Muslim population around 80 percent, the region’s rivers, language, culture, and historical relations with Pakistan.
Moreover, various United Nations Security Council resolutions, including No. 47, 51, 80, 96, 98, 122, and 126, reiterated the right to self-determination for the people of Jammu and Kashmir. The Indian government initially committed before the UN to grant this right to the Kashmiris but later reneged on its promise. Furthermore, they revoked Article 370 and 35A, which provided special status to Kashmir, and implemented measures aimed at altering the demographic composition of the region.
The Narendra Modi government’s attempts to distort facts and change the map of Kashmir are vehemently opposed by the people of Kashmir. Their determination to protect their heritage and uphold their attachment to Pakistan remains unwavering.
Posters commemorating ‘Accession to Pakistan Day’ appeared throughout Srinagar and other parts of the territory, highlighting the historical significance of 19 July, 1947. The All Parties Hurriyat Conference (APHC) leaders and various organizations, including Jammu and Kashmir Muslim Conference, Jammu and Kashmir Political Resistance Movement, Jammu Kashmir Democratic Youth Forum, Jammu and Kashmir Justice League Forum, Jammu Kashmir Democratic Movement, Wareseen–e-Shuhada, Nawjawanan-e-Hurriyat, Itehaad-e-Islami Jammu and Kashmir, and Jammu and Kashmir Pir Panjal Movement, expressed their solidarity with the Kashmiri people’s decision to align their future with Pakistan.
The APHC leaders and organizations urged the United Nations Security Council to acknowledge the war crimes committed by Indian troops in the internationally recognized disputed territory of Jammu and Kashmir. They appealed for UN intervention to resolve the Kashmir dispute by the aspirations of the Kashmiri people and relevant UN resolutions.
In his message from New Delhi’s Tihar jail, Nayeem Ahmad Khan, chairman of the Jammu Kashmir National Front (JKNF), highlighted the unconditional love of Kashmiris for Pakistan demonstrated by the resolution adopted before Pakistan’s creation. He emphasized that the geographic, historical, cultural, and ethnic connections between Jammu and Kashmir and Pakistan make a strong case for their union. However, India’s deceptive policies, expansionism, and perpetual denial of implementing UN resolutions on Kashmir have plunged the region into uncertainty.
Shehbaz Sharif took to Twitter to express his condemnation of the continuous persecution of Kashmiris by the Indian government and the grave violations of human rights in the region. He called upon the United Nations and the international community to ensure the implementation of UN resolutions, emphasizing the need for a just and peaceful resolution to the Kashmir dispute.
The government and the people of Pakistan express their unflinching support & solidarity with Kashmiris living in Pakistan, AJ&K, IIOJK & elsewhere in the world on the Day of Accession to Pakistan. This Day marks the adoption of a resolution by All Jammu & Kashmir Muslim…
— Shehbaz Sharif (@CMShehbaz) July 19, 2023