Pakistan government strongly react against Indian government new move in Occupied Kashmir
ISLAMABAD: Pakistan on Saturday categorically rejected the grant of domicile certificates of Occupied Jammu and Kashmir (IOK) to Indian nationals, which observers believe is an attempt to alter demography of the Muslim-majority area.
The certificate, a sort of citizenship right, entitles a person to residency and government jobs in the region, which till last year were reserved only for the local population.
A statement issued by Foreign Office Spokesperson Aisha Farooqui said reportedly 25,000 Indian national were issued “bogus” domicile certificate, a move which was also rejected by the Kashmiris.
“The certificates issued to non-Kashmiris including, among others, the Indian government officials under “Jammu and Kashmir Grant of Domicile Certificate (Procedure), 2020″ are illegal, void and in complete violation of the relevant United Nations Security Council Resolutions, and International law including the 4th Geneva Convention,” the official statement said.
The latest action also vindicates Pakistan’s consistent stance that the major intention behind the Indian government’s illegal and unilateral actions of August 5, 2019 was to change the demographic structure of IOJ&K and turn Kashmiris into a minority in their own land, the statement added.