Pak to ask UN to probe vi­o­lence in IHK: Sar­taj

The Pak Banker - - NATIONAL -

Pak­istan will ap­proach the Hu­man Rights Coun­cil of the United Na­tions to send a fact-find­ing mission to the In­dian Held Kash­mir (IHK) to in­ves­ti­gate the slaugh­ter of in­no­cent civil­ians and im­pose a ban on the use of pel­let guns for dis­pers­ing the pro­tes­tors, said Sar­taj Aziz on Thurs­day. "The In­dian armed forces are us­ing live am­mu­ni­tion on the

mobs which has caused many civil­ian ca­su­al­ties. Around 50 peo­ple have been killed and more than 3500 in­jured. It has been re­ported that around 400 in­jured are in crit­i­cal con­di­tion and more than 70 of the in­jured may have be­come per­ma­nently blind," the Ad­viser to Prime Min­is­ter on For­eign Af­fairs told me­dia in a brief­ing here at the For­eign Of­fice.

He said Pak­istan would ap­proach the Hu­man Rights Coun­cil of the United Na­tions on its own be­half and on be­half of the OIC Contact Group on Kash­mir, com­pris­ing Azer­bai­jan, Niger, Saudi Ara­bia and Turkey. Aziz said the fig­ure was in­creas­ing due to con­tin­ued protests and se­vere in­juries. Fir­ing by In­dian forces on peace­ful pro­tes­tors in­clud­ing women, chil­dren and el­derly was not ac­cept­able un­der any cir­cum­stances, he added.

Men­tion­ing the cur­few bar­ring the peo­ple's ac­cess to food and ba­sic emer­gency ser­vices, the Ad­viser said in­ci­dents of vi­o­lence and ha­rass­ment and tear­gas shelling have been re­ported in hos­pi­tals also. "It is clear man­i­fes­ta­tion of state-ter­ror­ism to sup­press Kash­miri's voice for the right to self-de­ter­mi­na­tion. The use of lethal force against the in­no­cent civil­ians, protest­ing peace­fully over ex­tra­ju­di­cial killings, is de­plorable and con­sti­tutes bla­tant vi­o­la­tion of in­ter­na­tional hu­man rights and hu­man­i­tar­i­ans laws," he re­marked. He said the spon­ta­neous and wide­spread upris­ing proves that Kash­mir strug­gle was in­dige­nous and re­jected the In­dian ac­cu­sa­tions against Pak­istan for stir­ring trou­ble in IHK. He said the killings of in­no­cent Kash­miri peo­ple could not be con­doned un­der the al­leged pre­text of ter­ror­ism.

The just strug­gle of the Kash­miri peo­ple for their right to self-de­ter­mi­na­tion could not be equated with ter­ror­ism, he added. Sar­taj Aziz said Pak­istan had wel­comed the of­fer of me­di­a­tion by the UN Sec­re­tary Gen­eral who also took note of the sit­u­a­tion and re­gret­ted the loss of dozens of lives and in­juries to many oth­ers. He said the OIC Sec­re­tary Gen­eral and OIC In­de­pen­dent Per­ma­nent Hu­man Rights Com­mis­sion strongly con­demned In­dian bru­tal­i­ties. Also the US State Depart­ment, China and Amnesty In­ter­na­tional and Hu­man Rights Watch also ex­pressed their con­cerns over the sit­u­a­tion in held val­ley.

Even within In­dia, he said there were strong voices over the bru­tal use of force in IHK and the upris­ing had also been re­ferred to as in­dige­nous.

Sar­taj Aziz told me­dia that a team of In­dian eye sur­geons had vis­ited IHK re­cently due to un­prece­dented eye in­juries and the team leader said, "it is a war like sit­u­a­tion. We have never seen in­juries on this scale."

Re­it­er­at­ing Pak­istan's moral and diplo­matic sup­port, the For­eign Ad­viser said Prime Min­is­ter Nawaz Sharif is­sued a strongly worded state­ment ex­press­ing deep shock on the killing of in­no­cent peo­ple. The For­eign Sec­re­tary sum­moned the In­dian High Com­mis­sion and lodged strong protest.

He said the am­bas­sadors of the per­ma­nent mem­bers of the Se­cu­rity Coun­cil were briefed by the For­eign Sec­re­tary and sub­se­quently the am­bas­sadors of the Euro­pean Union, African Union and OIC Contact Group on Jammu and Kash­mir.

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