As Pakistan marks one year to the revocation of Indian-occupied Kashmir’s special status, President Arif Alvi on Wednesday lashed out against New Delhi for its ongoing oppression of Kashmiris, saying that “India has learned how to change the demography from Israel”.

While addressing the attendees of a rally, taken out in Islamabad in solidarity with residents of occupied Kashmir, the president said: “India’s high-ups made many promises to Kashmiris and Pakistan but none of those promises were fulfilled.” The president was flanked by Senate Chairperson Sadiq Sanjrani and Foreign Minister Shah Mahmood Qureshi among other senators and officials.

“They signed the Simla Agreement with us in which it was decided that [both countries] will hold bilateral dialogue, but to date, India has refused to hold talks. Whenever the issue was raised on multilateral forums, India made excuses saying that it was a bilateral issue but they are not ready to talk.”

He said that Pakistan did not accept Article 370 — which provided special status to the occupied region — originally as well because “we want the independence of Kashmir since it is not part of India”. Narendra Modi’s government, he lamented, repealed the law and changed Article 35(a) last year. ARTICLE CONTINUES AFTER AD

“If, over the past year, Kashmiris had appreciated the move [of repealing the region’s special status], India would not have to impose a lockdown in [occupied Kashmir],” President Alvi declared.

He stressed that Pakistan government had always strove for peace. Even after India violated Pakistani airspace on the “false reaction on Pulwama” blast, Pakistan returned the captured Indian airforce pilot Abhinandan “to show to the world and India that we want peace not war”.

He demanded the United Nations Security Council, where resolutions have been passed regarding the Kashmir issue, to fulfill its promises.

He further said that the press should be given free access to Indian occupied Kashmir. “If the situation is peaceful then press should have complete freedom to report from the occupied region. He also demanded that the changes introduced by the Indian government against Geneva Convention and UN rules should be withdrawn/

He also appealed to the international community and world bodies, including the OIC, to take note of the barbaric actions of the Indian forces in occupied Kashmir.

He assured that Pakistan will continue peaceful efforts for the Kashmir cause.

Rallies are being held across the country to condemn Indian government’s decision to strip occupied Kashmir’s special status and its ongoing atrocities against the residents of the region.

special Senate session is also underway on the occasion of the first anniversary of the unilateral and illegal act of India to annex occupied Kashmir. Yesterday, Adviser to the Prime Minister on Parliamentary Affairs Dr Babar Awan said that the main purpose of the Senate session was “to send a national call and cry to the rest of the world and the institutions” over the situation in the Indian occupied Kashmir which had been under lockdown for one year and where people had been facing atrocities by the occupation forces.

Prime Minister Imran Khan will visit Muzzafarabad and address a special session of the Azad Jammu and Kashmir (AJK) Legislative Assembly.

Before his address, the premier will lead a symbolic walk from the helipad to the nearby Legislative Assembly premises, with AJK President Sardar Masood Khan, Prime Minister Raja Farooq Haider and other dignitaries and civil servants among its participants.

On the assembly premises, PM Imran will also lay the foundation stone of a monument to the martyrs of the Kashmir freedom movement.

He will also hold meetings with the All Parties Hurriyat Conference (APHC) representatives and heads of different parliamentary parties in the AJK legislature.