And lifting the “military siege” on it
Pakistani Prime Minister Imran Khan said that his country is ready for peace with India if New Delhi gives Kashmiris the right to self-determination and lifted the “military blockade” on the region in line with UN Security Council resolutions.
According to Pakistani media, Khan stressed in a televised interview on Wednesday that peace is what people in the Indian subcontinent need most for a prosperous future.
“We are ready for peace, but India must end the military blockade in Kashmir and grant the Kashmiris the right to self-determination in line with the UN Security Council resolutions,” Khan added.
He pointed out that 900 thousand Indian security forces imposed a military siege on 8 million Kashmiris, describing the area as an “open prison.”
The name “Jammu and Kashmir” is given to the part of Kashmir under New Delhi’s control, and it includes groups that have been fighting since 1989 against what it considers “Indian occupation” of its regions.
And the people of the region are demanding independence from India and joining Pakistan, since the two countries gained independence from Britain in 1947, and the division of Islamabad and New Delhi into the Muslim-majority region.
On 5 August 2019, the Indian government abolished Article 370 of the constitution, which guarantees self-rule in “Jammu and Kashmir”, which has the only Muslim majority in the country, thus dividing it into two regions administered by the federal government.