Ambassador (R) Ashraf Jahangir Qazi, Former Pakistan High Commissioner to India and Ambassador to US and China in an eloquent and thought-provoking webinar on “Humanitarian Assistance amid the COVID-19 Lockdown in Indian-Occupied Jammu and Kashmir (IOJK): International Response to the Clampdown” , organized by the Islamabad Policy Research Institute (IPRI).
Ambassador Qazi highlighted that it is not an exaggeration to define life in IOJK as purgatory
exacerbated by COVID-19. For Modi and his retinue, the pandemic provides the ideal
opportunity to further execute their Hindutva designs of “absorb and annex” in the Valley –
turning the Muslim majority into a minority. The situation in IOJK is desolate and spells terror as
the Valley experiences not only acute shortage of manpower as well as inadequate infrastructure
and personal protective equipment (PPE) but also internet facilities to access WHO guidelines on
how to deal with the coronavirus pandemic.
Acting President, Brig. (R) Raashid Wali Janjua,
welcomed the esteemed speaker to the webinar and said, “The Kashmir issue is dear to our
hearts, the clampdown has compounded the misery of the hapless denizens, making it a double
whammy for them.”