Pakistan says will welcome UN rights team to PaK

Islamabad: Pakistan today said it would welcome any team of human rights observers sent by the UN to the part of Kashmir under its control, a day after the UN High Commissioner for Human Rights appealed to both India and Pakistan to grant his team access to Kashmir.
Voicing concern over alleged human rights violations, UN High Commissioner for Human Rights Zeid Ra’ad al-Hussein yesterday appealed to both India and Pakistan to grant his team access to Jammu and Kashmir as well as Pakistan Administered Kashmir (PaK).
Pakistan Foreign Office, in a statement, said it would welcome any UN team of human rights experts.
“While welcoming any UN team that the UN High Commissioner for Human Rights may wish to send to PaK, “we cannot accept equating the rampant human rights violations” in Kashmir with the situation in PaK, the Foreign Office said.
“In fact, today the contrast between grim reality” in Kashmir and the peaceful situation in PaK could not be more stark, it claimed. “It is, therefore, essential” that the UN fact finding team must visit Kashmir, it added.
Pakistan last month had requested the United Nations High Commissioner for Human Rights to send a fact-finding mission to Kashmir to report on the “gross violations of human rights” since July 8.
The Foreign Office claimed that PaK 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, where they have observed recent elections and met a cross section of people.
“Access to OHCHR has been denied by India” to Kashmir. Pakistan has never prevented UN officials from travelling to PaK, it claimed.
The High Commissioner, who has sought access for a team to visit both Jammu and Kashmir and PoK to independently and thoroughly look into allegations of human rights violations, had said, “I deeply regret that our requests for access have not been granted.”
Zeid said it was “unfortunate” that access has not been granted yet considering “the seriousness of the allegations of the use of excessive force, allegations of state sponsorship of violence, as well as the number of people killed and the very large number of people injured.”

2 Responses to "Pakistan says will welcome UN rights team to PaK"

  1. Irfan Sufi   August 19, 2016 at 6:34 am

    Civilians r being killed daily on IOK and not on PAK ..Does UN not have the guts to call spade a spade. Pakistan has always welcomed foreign observers.She has nothing to hide. It has always been India that does not allow foreign observers, neither on the LOC nor inside the valley. It is ironic that the largest democracy on earth does not allow foreign press inside IOK. What is she hiding.

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