Pak urges UN, UNHCR, OIC to act against Indian HR abuses in IHK

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Sophia Siddiqui

Islamabad—Drawing attention of the international community Pakistan has raised the Kashmir issue highlighting the killing of innocent Kashmiris and grave human rights violations in Indian-Held Kashmir.
Adviser to the PM on Foreign Affairs, Sartaj Aziz wrote letters to the UN Secretary-General, the President of the UN Security Council, the Secretary-General of the OIC, and the UN High Commissioner for Human Rights to express to raise the issue.
There has been a lot of pressure on Nawaz Sharif government to raise the Kashmir issue with international community lately. In a recent cabinet meeting, Prime Minister has announced that Pakistan shall observe Black Day on July 19 to express solidarity with the people of Kashmir.
A joint session of the parliament to take up the issue of Indian persecution in IOK has also been summoned.
According to Foreign Office , adviser on Foreign Affairs has officially expressed the concern about the “callous behaviour and grave violations of human rights” by India in occupied Kashmir.
Sartaj wrote letter to United Nations Secretary-General, the President of the UN Security Council, the Secretary-General of the Organization of Islamic Cooperation, and the UN High Commissioner for Human Rights on Friday.
The letters reminded that the situation in Kashmir is the result of continued denial by India of the right to self-determination of the Kashmiri people through a free and fair plebiscite under the UN auspices that was assured by the United Nations in its multiple resolutions.
Sartaj also highlighted the feeling of frustration and resentment especially among the new generation of Kashmiris. In a rebuttal of the recent statement issued by India’s external affairs ministry which termed Kashmir as “India’s internal issue”, Sartaj asserted that India can no longer deny the fact-the right of self-determination of the people of Kashmir.
Sartaj reiterated Pakistan’s long standing position on Kashmir issue that is resolving the Jammu and Kashmir dispute in accordance with the relevant UNSC resolutions.
Sartaj hoped for OIC’s continued support towards the just struggle of the Kashmiris.
In his letter to the High Commissioner for Human Rights, the Adviser noted that the Indian security forces were trampling the fundamental freedoms of the Kashmiri people with complete impunity.
Jammu and Kashmir was witnessing yet another brutal bloodbath at the hands of the Indian occupation forces.
The use of excessive force against innocent civilians protesting peacefully over extra judicial killings was a blatant violation of the right to life, right to freedom of expression and opinion, right to peaceful protest, right to peaceful assembly and other rights.
The absolute absence of accountability and justice to address the abuses committed by the Indian security forces has invoked a sharp reaction from all segments of the Kashmiri society.
The Adviser requested the High Commissioner and the mechanisms of the Human Rights Council to look into the grave violations of human rights and fundamental freedoms being committed against the Kashmiri people by the Indian security forces, and intervene to end these terrible atrocities.

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