Speakers welcome UN move on Indian rights abuses in Kashmir
Srinagar, July 20, 2018 (PPI-OT): Speakers at an interactive session in Islamabad have admired the UN’s call for international investigation of gross human rights violations in occupied Kashmir in last seven decades. Addressing the interactive session on Kashmir organised by the Youth Forum for Kashmir (YFK) in connection with Kashmir’s Accession to Pakistan Day, the speakers called for a referendum in Jammu and Kashmir to allow the Kashmiris to decide their political future by themselves.
Dr Mohammad Faisal, the spokesman of the Ministry of Foreign Affairs, in his address said, the UN report is a success of Pakistan and now world has woken up. “We condemn the black laws like; Armed Forces Special Powers Acts (AFSPA), excessive use of force, use of rape as a tool of war, suspension of communication and internet in occupied Kashmir,” he said.
Dr Mohammad Faisal said, the OIC delegation has been visiting AJK, so have EU delegations, we have nothing to hide, we are open. He maintained that it is high time for the international community to fulfill its promise and urge India to end its occupation of Jammu and Kashmir.
Ambassador Zamir Akram, Former Permanent Representative of Pakistan to the United Nations Human Rights Council (UNHRC) in Geneva, said that the UN mostly ignored Kashmir since 1957 but the Office of the Human Rights Commissioner found the courage to write such reports. “I’m surprised and happy. It calls upon India to fully respect the right of self-determination of Kashmiri people,” he said. He asked Pakistani Government to be more proactive as they have this document in hand.
Hurriyat AJK leader, Altaf Hussein Wani, said that more than 13 types of human rights violations were mentioned in the UN report. “India denied the report and its media started propaganda, more they tried to malign the report, more people got interested. Humanitarian intervention in Kashmir is here in the form of this report and now we will see political intervention very soon,” he said
Another leader of Hurriyat AJK, Syed Faiz Naqshbandi, said, “We need to highlight what is the difference between India and Pakistan which is even mentioned in the report. There are no pellet guns, no human rights violations in AJK. Pakistan has time and again asked to deploy UN teams on borders,” he said.
Ahmed Quraishi, Executive Director YFK, said, “Since 1957 till recent time we had same vocabulary, same terms and same speeches. But today something had changed and now we have report from UN. Pakistan is assessing what to do next, this report have changed things intentionally, but there is a confusion in India that how to move forward.”
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