The Foreign Office (FO) on Friday declined all remarks made by the Indian Ministry of External Affairs spokesperson regarding election in Gilgit, Balochistan.
FO spokesperson Aisha Farooqui said,” The Indian government who has been doing deceitful elections in occupied Jammu and Kashmir under the barrel of Indian occupation forces and turned the region into the world’s largest open prison, is in no position to comment on election in Gilgit, Balochistan.”
A statement was issued which said “Pakistan restates that India remains in illegal possession of part of Jammu and Kashmir”, adding that the issue is one of the longest outstanding agenda in the UN Security Council rose from Delhi’s forceful and illegitimate occupation of the region in 1947.
On Thursday, Indian Minister of External Affairs Spokesperson Anurag Srivastava said that the decision to hold an election was an attempt to hide Islamabad’s illegal occupation of Indian territories according to The Hindu.
He also said, “We call upon Pakistan to move out all Indian territories that are under their illegal occupation.” He said this while replying to a question during an online media briefing.
A statement was issued by the FO spokesperson in which she restated that only resolution to the Kashmir was the faithful implementation of relevant UNSC resolution that recognise the inalienable right of Kashmiris through the democratic method of a free and impartial election under UN’s authority.
She also said, “Baseless Indian controversy regarding elections in Gilgit cannot cover up the intolerable human rights violation committed by Indian security forces in Jammu and Kashmir.”
She added, “The other day heartless Indian forces in Sopore killed an unarmed civilian in front of his three-year-old grandson.”
“The immunity enjoyed by Indian occupation forces under the draconian law in place another dimension of state terrorism is being carried out by India against unarmed Kashmiris.”
She called upon the Indian government to empty out all occupied territories, revoke all illegal action taken in the valley, lift draconian laws and allow neutral observers and international human rights group to visit the region to make sure the Kashmiri’s wellbeing and allow to exercise their right of self-determination.
On 30th April the top court had allowed the centre to have elections in Gilgit under the Election Act 2017 and modify the relevant law to install a caretaker government for conducting polls.
On 28th June, President Arif Alvi approved the election schedule for Gilgit Legislative Assemble. The assembly got terminated as the completed their objected by 24 June according to the law, elections were held within 60 days new members.
According to the Ministry of Kashmir Affairs and Gilgit, Balochistan, polls will be held on 18 of August this year.