Covid: Pak rakes up Kashmir issue again

Pakistan is at it again. In a statement on Thursday, the Pak Foreign Office stated it was “deeply concerned” at the lack of medical supplies to Jammu and Kashmir, Dawn reported.

Foreign Office spokesperson Aisha Farooqui said there was severe lack of medical supplies and assistance in Kashmir where 170 cases of Covid-19 and five fatalities from the disease have been reported.

Farooqui said: “Voices from within India and around the world continue to condemn the inhuman oppression of the people of Jammu and Kashmir.”

According to her, six human rights organisations underscored that measures to combat Covid-19 must respect human rights of every individual and urgently release all political prisoners, human rights defenders and all those arrested in occupied Kashmir after August 5, 2019.

“These organisations, in their joint statement also reminded India of its obligation under international law to ensure the physical and mental health and well-being of inmates,” she said.

Farooqui also condemned the new domicile law introduced in the region under which a person who has resided in occupied Kashmir for 15 years will be able to call the territory his or her place of domicile. “The (law) is another illegal step by India to settle non-Kashmiris in the occupied valley by changing domicile laws. At this moment of global health crisis, [changing the law] is a particularly reprehensible act as it seeks to take advantage of the international community’s focus on the ongoing Covid-19 pandemic and further advance the Bharatiya Janata Party’s sinister Hindutva agenda,” she said.

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