Kashmir, Palestine crying for world attention

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epa03276980 Kashmiri Muslim women pray as the head priest (unseen) displays a relic, believed to be the hair from the beard of the Prophet Mohammad, following Miraj-Ul-Alam, or Ascension to Heaven, at the Hazratbal shrine in Srinagar, the summer capital of Indian Kashmir, 22 June 2012. Thousands of Kashmiri Muslims gathered at the Hazratbal shrine, which houses a relic believed to be a hair from the beard of the Prophet. EPA/FAROOQ KHAN

Sophia Siddiqui

Islamabad

President Mamnoon Hussain Saturday urged world powers and international institutions to take notice of grave human rights violations against Kashmiris in Occupied Kashmir and the Palestinians.
He was addressing a gathering attended largely by parliamentarians, ambassadors, human rights activists, and social workers in connection with International Human Rights Day.
The President said the world community should carefully craft its policies that do not impinge the rights of others.
He regretted that in various parts of the world including occupied Kashmir and Palestine, the people have been deprived of their right to self determination. He said the occupying forces are subjecting the defenseless and armless people in these territories to persecution. He said responsibility rests with the world community especially the main powers to take notice of this grave situation for peace and stability.
“In these circumstances, responsibility for reform rests on the entire humanity. As long as such incidents are not controlled, global peace will remain elusive and the global movement for protection of human rights will not be completely successful,” he stressed.
The president noted that the problem arose when there was interference in the affairs of others by crossing the boundaries to protect their interests.
If the situation in Pakistan was reviewed, then this reality emerged that acts of extremism, as a result of which human rights were violated, occurred when external forces or internal elements overstepped their limits, he added.
He said the people of Pakistan have demonstrated their wisdom and never supported such extremist elements. “The government and the people of Pakistan stand together in rejecting the extremists and the national institutions are also playing a positive role in this regard,” he added.
He said it is a matter of pride that the people of Pakistan gave more charity throughout the world by providing assistance to the deprived segments. The president noted with satisfaction that effective legislation had been done in the country for protection of human rights including laws for education, child protection,
honour killing, violence against women and respect and protection of religious rights of the people. Shafqat Amanat Ali Khan, a popular classical singer, presented a song highlighting the significance of the human rights and was also joined by the minister for human rights.
The president distributed awards among personalities who had rendered valuable services in areas of human rights, humanitarian and social work.

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