Pakistan to ask UN human rights body to probe violence in held Kashmir: Report

Pakistan to ask UN human rights body to probe violence in held Kashmir: Report

SRINAGAR: Pakistan has decided to approach the United Nations Human Rights Council (UNHRC) to investigate human rights violations and the recent wave of violence against civilians in Kashmir, a report said.
“We have requested UNHRC to send a fact-finding mission to India-occupied Kashmir and probe recent killings of innocent Kashmiris,” a report carried by Pakistan-based Dawn newspaper quoted Sartaj Aziz, Adviser to Prime Minister on Foreign Affairs, as telling the journalists during a weekly briefing at the Foreign Office (FO) on Thursday.
He, as per the report, has urged the international community to take notice of the situation in Kashmir and extend its support to the Kashmiri people.
The adviser rejected an Indian claim that the violence in Kashmir is India’s internal matter, it said.
“It is not their internal matter because Kashmir issue is recognised under the United Nations,” Aziz said.
Aziz accused India of using “state-sponsored terrorism” to justify illegal occupation over Kashmir but stressed that India will not be able to legitimise its occupation, it said.
Asked why Prime Minister Nawaz Sharif was not using his personal ties with Indian PM Narendra Modi to try and diffuse the situation in Kashmir, the adviser said PM Nawaz’s personal ties with Modi were not state ties, the report said.
He said Pakistan “fully backs” Hurriyat Conference (APHC) leader Syed Ali Geelani’s four-point formula on Kashmir.
When asked why the government has been unable to convene an all parties conference (APC) on Kashmir violence, Aziz said political consensus already existed among all political parties on Kashmir, hence there was no need to convene the meeting.

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