Members of Pakistan’s Cabinet called the “Khojaly genocide” in Azerbaijan in 1992 a historical crime against humanity.
Speaking at a seminar on the 30th Anniversary of the genocide that was organized by a local think tank, MUSLIM Institute and the Azerbaijani Embassy in Islamabad on Thursday, Federal Minister for Food Security and Research, Syed Fakhar Imam and Federal Minister for Economic Affairs, Omar Ayub Khan, said Pakistan always stood with Azerbaijan against the illegal actions of Armenia.
The speakers urged the international community to take action against the perpetrators of a 1992 massacre carried out by Armenian forces in Khojaly, Nagorno-Karabakh that left more than 600 people dead.
On Feb. 26, 1992, with the Soviet Union just dissolved, Armenian forces took control of the town of Khojaly in occupied Karabakh after battering it with heavy artillery and tanks, assisted by infantry.
The massacre is seen as one of the bloodiest atrocities by Armenian forces against Azerbaijani civilians in the Karabakh region, which was liberated by Azerbaijan forces in November 2020 after decades of occupation.
The two-hour Armenian offensive killed 613 Azerbaijani citizens, including 106 women, 63 children and 70 elderly and seriously injured 487 others, according to Azerbaijani figures.
Some 150 of 1,275 Azerbaijanis that the Armenians captured during the massacre remain missing.
Eight families were completely wiped out while 130 children lost one parent, and 25 children lost both parents.