Last updated when May 3, 2020 9:54 p.m.
The FO spokesman expressed solidarity with the journalist brotherhood in occupied Kashmir
ISLAMABAD (Dunya News) – Pakistan on Sunday said that the RSS-inspired BJP government in India was motivated by the sole purpose of hiding its open human rights violations in Jammu and Kashmir which were occupied and determined to suppress the independent voices of the media and journalists.
In a statement on World Press Freedom Day on Sunday, Foreign Office spokesman Aisha Farooqui said the situation became more alarming in occupied Kashmir after India’s illegal and unilateral actions on August 5 last year.
The statement condemned India’s campaign of harassment and intimidation and called on India to immediately lift all communication restrictions in occupied Jammu and Kashmir, withdraw frivolous cases against Kashmiri journalists and restore all fundamental freedoms of the Kashmiri people.
The spokesman expressed solidarity with the journalist brotherhood in Occupied Kashmir, which continues to face a relentless campaign of harassment and intimidation.
While paying homage to their extraordinary courage, Aisha Farooqui said Pakistan also respected the sacrifices of the Kashmiri journalists, who had given their lives in carrying out their duties.
The statement further said that Kashmiri journalists continue to work with confidence and professionalism, despite India’s occupying forces which act violently without law under the Cruel Public Security Act, the Armed Forces Special Forces Act, and the Law on Prevention of Unlawful Activities .
The spokesman said global media watchdogs, Indian and international human rights groups and civil society organizations were deeply concerned about the unprecedented restrictions on the media, widespread intimidation from Kashmiri journalists, and the precarious working conditions in their occupied Kashmir.
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