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Indian brutality in occupied Kashmir, UN offers to send fact-finding missions

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(Islamabad,Dhu-AlQa'dah 17, 1437, Aug 20, 2016) While Indian forces are continuing brutality in occupied Jammau and Kashmir, the United Nations High Commissioner for Human Rights has offered to send fact-finding missions to both India-occupied Kashmir (IOK) and Azad Jammu and Kashmir (AJK), the Pakistan Foreign Office (FO) spokesman said. India usually refuse to accept fact finding missions, international human right groups and international media in Kashmir to hide the true picture of killings and severe violations of human right in occupied Kashmir.


FO Spokesperson Nafees Zakaria said Pakistan was open to the idea of UN high commissioner visiting AJK. “AJK is an area open to everyone and is frequented by foreign tourists and members of the diplomatic community in Pakistan, including representatives of the United Nations,” Zakaria said. 


“The Office of the High Commissioner for Human Rights (OHCHR) has been denied access by India to Indian-occupied Jammu and Kashmir, whereas Pakistan has never prevented UN officials from travelling to Azad Jammu and Kashmir,” he added.


On July 15, Pakistan requested the United Nations High Commissioner for Human Rights to send a fact-finding mission to IHK to report on the gross violations of human rights.


Tensions between Pakistan and India have been running high since the killing of Hizbul Mujahideen commander Burhan Wani sparked anti-government protests in IHK, with over 60 people dead in clashes between protesters and Indian authorities.


Indian government troops in IHK have reportedly fired live ammunition, and used pellet guns and tear gas to control anti-government protesters.

The FO spokesperson said “Pakistan cannot accept equating the rampant human rights violations in India-held Kashmir with the situation in AJK.”


He added that the contrast between grim reality in IOK and AJK could not be starker. “It is, therefore, essential that the UN fact finding team must visit IOK.”

There were scenes of mayhem in parts of southern Indian-administered Kashmir in July after Indian forces opened fire on thousands of protesters, killing at least 19 civilians and wounding scores of others during a mass funeral for a slain rebel fighter.


Tens of thousands of people defied a curfew in parts of Kashmir to pay homage to Burhan Wani, the rebel fighter. Since the killing of young revel, protests are raising in occupied Kashmir. Kashmiris are demanding independence from India and urging the international community to force India to abide by the UN resolutions demanding to hold plebiscite.