SRINAGAR: The United Nations High Commissioner for Human Rights has offered to send fact-finding missions to both ‘India-held Kashmir (IHK) and Azad Jammu and Kashmir (AJK)’, the Foreign Office (FO) spokesman of Pakistan said on Thursday.
According to a report carried by Pakistan-based Dawn newspaper, the spokesman, Nafees Zakaria, said Pakistan was open to the idea of UN high commissioner visiting Pakistan-administered Kashmir.
“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 was quoted as saying.
“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.
The spokesman 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 Jammu and Kashmir and PaK could not be starker.
“It is, therefore, essential that the UN fact finding team must visit IHK.”