Pakistan asks UNHRC to probe IHK violence

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Accuses India of state terrorism in Kashmir

Sophia Siddiqui

Islamabad—Pakistan has decided to approach the United Nations Human Rights Council (UNHRC) to investigate human rights violations and the recent wave of violence against civilians in India-held Kashmir (IHK) by Indian forces.
“We have requested UNHRC to send a fact-finding mission to India-occupied Kashmir and probe recent killings of innocent Kashmiris,” Adviser to Prime Minister on Foreign Affairs Sartaj Aziz told media persons during a weekly briefing at the Foreign Office on Thursday.
He called upon the entire international community to condemn these blatant human rights violations in Indian Occupied Kashmir and play their role in ensuring the realization of human rights of the Kashmiri people according to UN resolutions.
He said the use of brutal force by India is a blatant violation of fundamental rights of the Kashmiri people especially the right to life. He said India media is also protesting the use of force in occupied Kashmir. He said a former Indian Home Minister also urged New Delhi Government not to sue force and fulfill promises made with the Kashmiri people.
Answering a question, Advisor Sartaj Aziz said there is no divergence of views on Kashmir dispute in Pakistan and activities in this regard on political level is gaining momentum. He said according to cabinet’s decision joint session of Parliament will be convened soon to discuss prevailing situation in Occupied Kashmir.
He said there is a much more level of participation in AJK elections which is being held in a peaceful atmosphere. He said elections in Indian Held Kashmir cannot be an alternative of plebiscite promised in UN resolutions.
Replying a question, Sartaj Aziz said there are many implications in taking the Kashmir issue to the UN Security Council. He said further steps will be taken in the light of international reaction to the recent wave of atrocities in Occupied Kashmir and Parliamentary proposals.
Sartaj Aziz said shelling on innocent Kashmiri protestors is not acceptable under any circumstances as it amounts to violation of fundamental human rights.
He said the Indian authorities have clamped curfew in most parts of the valley and people have no access to hospitals and other facilities.
The Adviser said that state sponsored terrorism has been unleashed in the held valley to suppress the voice of Kashmiri people but it is our conviction that through this way the Indian side will not be able to legalize its control on the territory.
Sartaj Aziz said that spontaneous and widening uprising in the held Kashmir depict the very indigenous nature of the freedom movement. He rejected the Indian allegations that Pakistan is stirring trouble in the valley.
He also rejected the Indian assertion that the situation in the valley is the internal matter of India describing it as totally legally untenable and violation of the UN security council resolutions.
He said that plausible resolution of the dispute lies in the granting of right of self-determination to the people of Kashmir. The Adviser said the international community including the UN Secretary General, China, the United States, Amnesty International and Human Rights Watch has also voiced their concerns over the Indian atrocities on the Kashmiri people.
He said Pakistan has provided and will continue to provide moral, political and diplomatic support to the Kashmiri people in their just struggle for the right to self-determination. He said Pakistan will undertake all possible efforts to apprise the world community about the Indian atrocities.

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