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Abbasi seeks ‘help’ for J&K

THE ASIAN AGE. | SHAFQAT ALI
Published : Apr 7, 2018, 5:37 am IST
Updated : Apr 7, 2018, 5:37 am IST

Pak PM wants to send teams for human rights investigation.

Shahid Khaqan Abbasi (Photo: File)
 Shahid Khaqan Abbasi (Photo: File)

Islamabad: Pakistan Prime Minister Shahid Khaqan Abbasi Friday sought help of the international community in sending fact finding missions to Kashmir to investigate the “gross human rights violations by the Indian forces.”

In a message on the ‘Kashmir Solidarity Day’ – observed on Friday — the Prime Minister urged the world powers to raise their voice for human rights in Kashmir.

Mr Abbasi said it was high time that India was asked to provide access to the Office of the United Nations High Commissioner for Human Rights (OHCHR) and the Independent Permanent Human Rights Commission (IPHRC) Fact Finding Missions to Kashmir.

The Prime Minister claimed that for the past seven decades, the people of Kashmir had waged an “unprecedented struggle against Indian repression.”

“The recent spate of Indian aggression carried out against the Kashmiri civilians, killing 20 Kashmiri youth and injuring over 200 protestors, was yet another testament to atrocities being carried out by the Indian forces in Kashmir,” he said.

Mr Abbasi said India continued to deny the valiant people of Kashmir the just right to self-determination enshrined in the UN Security Council resolutions.

He said the Kashmir dispute was the unfinished agenda of partition of the Indo-Pak subcontinent and remains one of the oldest disputes on the agenda of the UN Security Council.

“Pakistan strongly condemns the systematic state terrorism and killings of the people of Kashmir by Indian forces. The basic human rights of the innocent people of Kashmir, including the right to life and peaceful assembly have been grossly violated by Indian forces,” he contended.

He was also critical of the arrest and placing under house detention of the senior Hurriyat leadership.

He said the people of Pakistan and the international community had utmost respect for the people of Kashmir for their “unparalleled courage, bravery and persistence in facing the worst kind of State terrorism, human rights abuses, violence and suppression by the Indian state apparatus.”

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