Pakistani Senate recognizes Khojaly incident as genocide
Baku, Azerbaijan, Feb. 1 / Trend S. Agayeva /
The Pakistani Senate has recognized events in the Azerbaijani town of Khojaly in 1992 as genocide.
Speaking to Trend from Islamabad, Senator Haji Ghulam Ali, who initiated the resolution, said acts committed by Armenian armed forces in the Azerbaijani town of Khojaly were unanimously recognized as genocide at a meeting of the Pakistani Senate Committee on Foreign Relations on Wednesday.
The resolution states that the Senate condemns the occupation of Azerbaijani lands by Armenians and the genocide committed by Armenian armed forces in Khojaly in February 1992. It confirms Azerbaijan's territorial integrity and recognizes it within internationally recognized borders.
The Senate has also asked the international community to urge Armenia to fulfill the U.N. Security Council resolutions on the Nagorno-Karabakh conflict and to bring to justice those who perpetrated events in Khojaly.
"Pakistan will always support Azerbaijan over the Armenian-Azerbaijani Nagorno-Karabakh conflict," the senator said.
The genocide was carried out by Armenian military forces in Khojaly on Feb. 26, 1992. More than 600 people were killed, including 63 children, 106 women and 70 elderly men. A total of 1,000 civilians were disabled during the genocide. Eight families were annihilated, 130 children lost one parent, and 25 lost both. Additionally, 1,275 civilians were taken hostage, while the fate of a further 150 remains unknown.
The Mexican Senate has also recognized what took place in Khojaly as a genocide. It stressed the importance of repatriating refugees and internally displaced people to their homes in Azerbaijani lands occupied by Armenia, taking into account the settlement process of the Armenian-Azerbaijani Nagorno-Karabakh conflict and the essence of the Madrid principles.
The conflict between the two South Caucasus countries began in 1988 when Armenia made territorial claims against Azerbaijan. Armenian armed forces have occupied 20 percent of Azerbaijan since 1992, including the Nagorno-Karabakh region and seven surrounding districts.
The two countries signed a ceasefire agreement in 1994, and the co-chairs of the OSCE Minsk Group - Russia, France, and the U.S. - are currently holding peace negotiations.
Armenia has not yet implemented the U.N. Security Council's four resolutions on the liberation of Nagorno-Karabakh and the surrounding regions.