Sartaj’s call to ‘Doctors Without Borders’

ADVISOR to Prime Minister on Foreign Affairs Sartaj Aziz has urged Medecins Sans Frontieres (MSF) – commonly known as ‘Doctors Without Borders” to immediately provide medical assistance to thousands of people injured in Occupied Kashmir due to aggression by Indian occupation forces. In a letter to the President of the organization, he highlighted the state of medical emergency there particularly emphasizing the urgent need of eye surgeons, as hundreds of people were suffering from severe eye injuries caused by the use of pellet guns on peaceful demonstrators.
This is the step in the right direction as injured Kashmiris have no access to medical treatment and NGOs and local private doctors are not allowed to work freely. Apart from loss of eyesight, thousands of people have also lost their limbs and are in urgent need of surgeries and treatment. Pakistan has been urging the international community to raise its voice against worst kind of brutalities against Kashmiri people but it is, perhaps, for the first time that the Advisor has sought intervention of a world body for medical treatment of the injured, who are not only deprived of such opportunities but are also subjected to more brutalities including rubbing of salt on their wounds and burning of their bodies with cigarette butts. Similarly, reports emanating from Srinagar also speak of shortage of essential commodities in different areas due to continued curfew and other restrictions on movement and transportation of goods. Therefore, relevant UN agencies should also be approached for provision of relief goods for Kashmiris. No doubt, a letter by the top relevant personality of Pakistan would surely have an impact but it would be appropriate if our Missions abroad are directed to approach similar other organizations for provision of medical treatment facilities to injured and relief goods especially food to the affected families in the Indian Occupied Kashmir.

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