Pakistan on Thursday urged the world to intervene amid medical emergency in Indian Occupied Kashmir as coronavirus cases surged in the occupied territory.

Speaking at a weekly news briefing here, Foreign Office spokesperson Aisha Farooqui said Pakistan remained deeply concerned at the lack of medical supplies and assistance in Occupied Kashmir where 170 cases of coronavirus had been reported as well as the death of five people.

“Voices from within India and around the world continue to condemn the inhuman oppression of the people of Jammu and Kashmir. The world should press India to ensure human rights,” she said.

In a joint statement recently, the spokesperson said, six international human rights organizations underscored that measures to combat COVID-19 must respect human rights of every individual and urgently release all political prisoners, human rights defenders and all those arrested in IOJ&K after 5 August 2019.

“These organizations, in their Joint Statement also reminded India of its obligation under international law to ensure the physical and mental health and well-being of inmates,” she added. She said it had been 249 days since the illegal and unilateral action of India on 5 August 2019. “In the last few days, Indian Occupation forces martyred nine innocent Kashmiris, including Aijaz Ahmed Naikoo, Shahid Ahmed Malik, Waqar Farooq, Muhammad Asharaf Malik, Sajjad Ahmed Hurrah and Aadil Hussain Mir in Kulgam, Kupwara and Sopore areas,” she elaborated.

Pakistan, she said, had strongly condemned and rejected the latest Indian action aimed at illegally changing the demographic structure of the Indian occupied Jammu and Kashmir.