Geneva | Pakistan on Tuesday asked the UNHRC to ensure that India ends the restrictions in Jammu and Kashmir and restores fundamental rights and liberties in the region.
Foreign minister Shah Mahmood Qureshi has conveyed about Pakistan’s position while speaking at the UNHRC session in Geneva against the backdrop of tensions with India over the revocation of Jammu and Kashmir’s special status on August 5.
Qureshi said the UNHRC should ensure that India stops the use of pellet guns by Indian security forces, ends the “curfew” and restores fundamental rights and liberties, releases political prisoners and ends the “bloodshed” in the region.
He called the situation in Jammu and Kashmir as a “looming catastrophe”
Qureshi said India should also take steps to punish those who violate the rights of the people of Jammu and Kashmir.
He urged the UNHRC to monitor the cases of human rights violation in the reason.
He said he had brought the “plea and petition” of the Kashmiri people, “whose inalienable rights are being trampled by India”, to the UNHRC and claimed they were “caged by an illegal military occupation”.
He said that Jammu and Kashmir has become the “largest prison on the planet”.
Qureshi said pellet gun victims were reluctant to go to the hospital “due to fears of intimidation”. He also accused India of having a disregard for “international instruments”.
He said the “root of the mayhem” is India’s refusal to grant the people of Jammu and Kashmir the right to self-determination and the situation in the region should be a matter of “direct international concern”.
He alleged that India could even attack Pakistan to divert international attention from the situation in Kashmir.
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