ISLAMABAD: A nine-member All Parties Hurriyat Conference (APHC) delegation met Pakistan Foreign Affairs Adviser, Sartaj Aziz on Wednesday and briefed him about human rights situation in Jammu and Kashmir.
Emphasizing that the indigenous movement of Kashmiri people had entered a crucial phase since the killing of Hizb commander Burhan Wani, the delegation said that the actions of government forces in response to the people’s movement resulted in continued bloodshed and impunity, a matter of concern for the people and leadership in Kashmir.
Speaking to the delegation Aziz reiterated that “Kashmir issue’s resolution is imperative for peace in South Asia” as it remains the core dispute between India and Pakistan, Dawn reported. Aziz assured the delegation that people and the government of Pakistan stood behind Kashmir in extending political, diplomatic and moral support for their struggle.
“Pakistan continues to pursue its principled position on the issue and extends its steadfast support to the Kashmiris in their just struggle, as Kashmir cause remains close to the hearts of every Pakistani,” Aziz said.
The delegation apprised the foreign affairs advisor that “200 Kashmiris have died in Kashmir since last year, many of whom had been lost their lives in extra-judicial killings and fake encounters”. “The members recounted that pellet guns had been injured 8,000 individuals – 250 of them fully or partially blinded. Another 930 on the verge of losing their eye sight”, said the delegation.
They also highlighted the impact of the Indian Armed Forces Special Powers Act (AFSPA) and Public Safety Act (PSA) on resistance movement. It requested Pakistan to continue support on insisting international community’s intervention in Kashmir.
Aziz said that the international community rejected Indian attempts to equate the Kashmir’s self-determination movement with terrorism.