Pakistan opposes Indian plan to host G20 summit in IOJK

The Indian Express reported on Friday that India has decided to host a G20 summit next year in India-occupied Jammu and Kashmir (IOJK). However, this was strongly opposed by Pakistan on Saturday.

India has even established a small committee to coordinate the planned event in IOJK and, according to the areas’s housing and urban development department’s order, this committee was made after a message from the Indian Ministry of External Affairs on June 4.

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Hindustan Times also informed that ever since India revoked IOJK’s special status guaranteed under Article 370 of the constitution, no major summit of this kind has taken place in the area.

Pakistan highlighted that it is a “disputed” territory and the Foreign Office (FO) said that there have been “widespread atrocities and egregious human rights violations” in IOJK and that “Indian occupation forces have killed 639 innocent Kashmiris in extra-judicial murders.”

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It mentioned that “numerous reports of the UN, including the two commissioned by the Office of the High Commissioner for Human Rights (OHCHR) in 2018 and 2019” have attested to the violations by India against the people of Kashmir.

It explained that hosting a meeting in this region would express a “disregard of the globally acknowledged disputed status” of OIJK,” and adding that if India attempts to gain international legitimacy for its occupation, “the G20 members will be fully cognisant of the imperatives of law and justice and would reject it outright.”

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Pakistan also called on the international community to demand that India end its violations and illegal actions in Kashmir and free prisoners, saying that only by granting the right to self-determination to the people of OIJK would there be “lasting peace in South Asia.”

Indeed, IOJK has been illegally occupied since partition and it has been on the United Nations’s Security Council’s agenda for more than 70 years.

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