The Ministry of Foreign Affairs held the screening of an 80-minute long movie on the freedom struggle of Kashmiris in Mashhad, Iran.
The motion picture screening was held regarding the Kashmir Solidarity Day being seen by the Pakistani government to feature the issues of human rights infringement in Indian-held Kashmir by the Indian security powers to gag the voice of Kashmiris for self-assurance.
It merits specify here that in spite of forceful protection from the Indian side to stop the screening of the motion picture from Mashhad and Tehran, the occasion was as yet held effectively with the help of the Iranian government.
Human rights abuses have been a part of the campaign of the Indian army against Muslim Kashmiris, particularly after 1990. The oppression has been manifested in the following types of human rights abuses: “disappearances”, torture, and molestation of Muslim women.
Government forces continue to commit serious violations of humanitarian law in the disputed state of Jammu and Kashmir. Between 350,000 and 400,000 army and paramilitary forces are deployed in Jammu and Kashmir.
The Muslim majority population in the Kashmir Valley suffers from the repressive tactics of the security forces.
Under the Jammu and Kashmir Disturbed Areas Act, and the Armed Forces (Jammu and Kashmir) Special Powers Act, both passed in July 1990, security forces personnel have extraordinary powers, including authority to shoot suspected lawbreakers and those disturbing the peace, and to destroy structures suspected of harboring militants or arms.
Prime Minister Shahid Khaqan Abbasi in a bilateral meeting with Iranian President Muhammad Hassan Rouhani on the sidelines of the UNGA session in New York also discussed strengthening of relations between the two countries, besides focusing on the issue of regional peace and security.
The Prime Minister thanked the President of Iran for their consistent support to the legitimate struggle of the people of Indian-occupied Kashmir for their right to self-determination.