Pak­istan calls for end to Kash­miris' re­pres­sion at UN

The Pak Banker - - NATIONAL -

At the UN, Pak­istan called for an end to im­punity and bru­tal re­pres­sion against in­no­cent civil­ians by In­dian oc­cu­pa­tion forces in Jammu & Kash­mir, says a press re­lease re­ceived here Wed­nes­day from New York.

In a se­ries of meet­ings with top UN of­fi­cials as well as in her ad­dress to the Gen­eral As­sem­bly, Am­bas­sador Maleeha Lodhi called for ful­fill­ing the right to self de­ter­mi­na­tion to the peo­ple of Kash­mir and for jus­tice for vic­tims of such heavy handed In­dian tac­tics. Am­bas­sador Lodhi also re­minded the United Na­tions of its long­stand­ing com­mit­ments to the peo­ple of Jammu and Kash­mir un­der sev­eral UN Se­cu­rity Coun­cil res­o­lu­tions. She ar­gued that the hu­man rights sit­u­a­tion in Jammu & Kash­mir was wors­en­ing be­cause of non im­ple­men­ta­tion of UN Se­cu­rity Coun­cil res­o­lu­tions call­ing for a plebiscite and ex­er­cise of the right of self de­ter­mi­na­tion by the Kash­miri peo­ple.

Am­bas­sador Lodhi said that the wors­en­ing sit­u­a­tion in J&K mer­ited at­ten­tion by the world body, as it posed a grave threat to re­gional peace and se­cu­rity,.

Am­bas­sador Lodhi briefed the Pres­i­dent of the Se­cu­rity Coun­cil, Am­bas­sador Koro Bessho, Chief of staff of Sec­re­tary Gen­eral Ban Ki Moon and the Un­der Sec­re­tary Gen­eral for Po­lit­i­cal Af­fairs Jef­frey Felt­man on the sit­u­a­tion in Kash­mir where fun­da­men­tal hu­man rights were be­ing bla­tantly vi­o­lated.

She in­formed them that over 100 Kash­miri youth risked los­ing their vi­sion be­cause of the bru­tal use of air gun pel­lets by In­dian forces. This was in ad­di­tion to over forty in­no­cent peo­ple killed and thou­sands in­jured from fir­ing of live am­mu­ni­tion on peace­ful pro­test­ers by In­dian forces. She called for an in­de­pen­dent and trans­par­ent in­quiry into the ex­tra ju­di­cial killings in In­dian oc­cu­pied Kash­mir.

Am­bas­sador Lodhi also told them that the as­sas­si­na­tion of a Kash­miri youth leader Burhan Wani had set off wide­spread protests which were be­ing re­sponded to by heavy handed tac­tics by In­dian oc­cu­pa­tion forces. Dub­bing the Kash­miris ag­i­tat­ing for their right to self-de­ter­mi­na­tion as "ter­ror­ists" was a travesty of truth and was fur­ther in­flam­ing pas­sions, she ar­gued.

The Pak­istani en­voy was in­formed that the UN Sec­re­tary Gen­eral was con­cerned about the de­te­ri­o­rat­ing sit­u­a­tion in In­di­an­held Kash­mir,and that he was ready to me­di­ate peace talks be­tween In­dia and Pak­istan pro­vided the two neigh­bours ac­cept his good of­fices.

The Pak­istani en­voy called the use of ex­ces­sive force against civil­ians ex­ceed­ingly de­plorable and con­demnable.

She said that the lead­ers of the APHC (All Par­ties Hur­riyat Coun­cil) have all been con­fined to house de­ten­tion. The con­tin­ued im­po­si­tion of a cur­few has brought life to a halt and is caus­ing mount­ing hard­ship to the peo­ple.

The crack­down on the me­dia rep­re­sented a vain ef­fort by the In­dian au­thor­i­ties to con­ceal the truth about what is hap­pen­ing from the world.

The in­ter­na­tional com­mu­nity must call on the In­dian gov­ern­ment to hon­our its hu­man rights obli­ga­tions and its com­mit­ments to peace­fully re­solve the Jammu and Kash­mir dis­pute in ac­cor­dance with UN Se­cu­rity Coun­cil res­o­lu­tions, she con­cluded.

Mean­while Am­bas­sador Lodhi also for­warded let­ters of the Ad­viser to the Prime Min­is­ter on For­eign Af­fairs, Sar­taj Aziz ad­dressed to the UN Sec­re­tary-Gen­eral and the Pres­i­dent of the Se­cu­rity Coun­cil ex­press­ing Pak­istan's se­ri­ous con­cern at the alarm­ing sit­u­a­tion in the In­dian Oc­cu­pied Jammu and Kash­mir (IOK) and draw­ing at­ten­tion to the bru­tal killings of in­no­cent civil­ians and grave vi­o­la­tions of the fun­da­men­tal hu­man rights of the Kash­miris by the In­dian oc­cu­pa­tion forces.

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