India slammed for restrictions on more political parties in Kashmir

FO says oppressive tactics cannot suppress Kashmiri people's aspirations for realization of their inalienable right to self-determination.

ISLAMABAD: The Foreign Office on Tuesday assailed the Indian government’s decision move to declare Jammu and Kashmir People’s Freedom League and four factions of Jammu and Kashmir People’s League as “unlawful associations”.

So far, as many as 14 Kashmiri political parties have been outlawed in occupied Jammu and Kashmir (IIOJK) in order to silence the voice of the people.

Reacting to the illegal move, Foreign Office spokesperson Mumtaz Zahra Bloch said those affiliated with these banned political parties were also facing persecution at the hands of the occupying forces in the disputed territory.

Moreover, death penalty has been sought for Kashmiri leader Yasin Malik, who was awarded life sentence in 2022 and has been languishing in an Indian jail.

Ms Baloch said such oppressive tactics cannot suppress the Kashmiri people’s aspirations for realization of their inalienable right to self-determination, as enshrined in the relevant UN Security Council resolutions.

“India’s ongoing campaign to crush dissent in the Indian Illegally Occupied Jammu and Kashmir (IIOJK) contravenes the international human rights and humanitarian law as well as democratic norms.”

As India goes to polls this year, the Modi regime has intensified its persecution of the Muslims especially in the occupied Kashmir. Human rights violations have been rampant in the disputed territory but the international community has failed to ensure the right to self-determination for the people of the area.

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