Farooq blasts inhuman use of Pellet guns in IHK

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Brussels—The Prime Minister of Azad Jammu and Kashmir Raja Farooq Haider Khan has called upon international community to take notice of abuse of human rights in the Indian occupied Kashmir under the draconian laws imposed by India to curb struggle of people of Kashmir for their right to self –determination. Condemning the new offensive launched by the Indian forces in the form of pellet guns,, he said that the situation demanded an immediate investigation of the situation in Indian Occupied Kashmir.
He expressed these concerns in his key note address at a conference held at the Parliament of European Union in Brussels. The conference entitled ‘Blinded by Power: Black laws, Pellet Guns and Kashmiri People’ was chaired by Mr Sajjad Karim, MEP.
Raja Farooq said that the international community was not fully aware of the plight of Kashmiri people who were being supressed by the Indian forces of occupation through brutal use of force. He said that it was important to expose these unprecedented human rights violations to the world to bring Kashmir issue on priority in the agenda of the United Nations.
“The international community should play its role in stopping the unlawful and inhuman use of pellet guns in the Indian Occupied Kashmir which has been a major cause of serious injuries among young people resulting in deaths of hundreds and permanent blindness of thousands of innocent Kashmiris” he added.
MEP Jane Lambert who is also Chair of Delegation for Relations with the Countries of South Asia stressed the need for investigation of the situation in Indian occupied Kashmir. She assured of renewed interest from the European Union for peaceful solution of the conflict in Kashmir and involving representatives from more European countries in the Friends of Kashmir Group.
MEP Sajjad Karim said that European Union had realized that the issue of Kashmir could not be resolved without the involvement of Kashmiris in the decision making. He strongly condemned the use of pellet guns as an instrument to suppress the indigenous movement of Kashmiris.
Pakistan’s Ambassador to Belgium, European Union and Luxembourg Mrs Naghmana Hashmi said “Pakistan has always rendered moral, diplomatic and political support to the just cause of Kashmir and will continue to do so”. She reckoned efforts of government of Pakistan for bringing into notice of international community the scale of human rights violations in Indian Occupied Kashmir as the Prime Minister of Pakistan Mr Nawaz Sharif had also raised the issue on the occasion 71st UNGA this year.
The conference was attended by large number of parliamentarians, scholars and media persons with Mr Ali Raza Syed, Mrs Jean Lambert MEP, Mr Farooq Siddiqi and Ms Sadia Mir on the penal. The participants referred to Jammu & Kashmir Public Safety Act, 1978, Jammu & Kashmir Disturbed Areas Act, 1990 and the National Security Act (NSA) as draconian laws clearly in contravention with the European values of human rights which call for action by the European Union in this regard.—Email

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