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Pakistan pleads Kashmiris’ case: Wins Support of 58 countries at UNHRC

58 countries stood up for the Kashmiris and demanded an immediate end to violence and the use of force. This marks the success of PM Khan’s Kashmir policy. The world has started questioning Indian high-headedness.

Pakistan has been making all possible efforts to let the international community know about the suffering and hardships of Kashmiris. In the latest development, Prime Minister Imran Khan on Thursday commended 58 countries and the European Union for supporting the cause of a peaceful resolution of the Kashmir dispute in the line with UN Security Council resolutions and international laws.

These countries have demanded justice for the people of Kashmir who have been suffering due to indiscriminate use of force by the Indian armed forces. Pakistan’s Foreign Minister also spoke up for the rights of Kashmiris.

Prime Minister Imran Khan also welcomed the move. ‘‘I welcome the EU’s call in the Human Rights Council for a peaceful solution of the Kashmir dispute in line with UNSC resolutions, international laws, and bilateral agreements,” he added.

It is important to note that Pakistan on Monday welcomed a new report of the United Nations on the situation in occupied Kashmir, which for the second consecutive year called for setting up of a commission of inquiry for investigating human rights abuses being perpetrated by Indian occupation troops in the valley.

The UN launch an international investigation into the situation in Indian-administered Kashmir, warning of the risk of “genocide” in the Muslim-majority region.

Earlier, Prime Minister Imran Khan had called upon the United Nations Human Rights Council to immediately set up an independent investigation commission to probe human rights abuses in occupied Kashmir as recommended in the two OHCHR reports on the disputed territory.

A report was also issued by the UN expressing severe reservations over human rights violations in the valley. The report of the United Nations’ Office of High Commissioner on Human Rights (OHCHR) on Kashmir concluded that the situation in India occupied Kashmir is worst. Christine Chung, one of the authors of the report was invited to the event by the sub-committee. It is worth noting here that the OHCHR issued its first-ever report on the situation in Kashmir on June 14, 2018. The report highlights the protests after the martyrdom of Burhan Wani in 2016 and the brutal use of pellet guns against protesters among the human rights violations in Indian-held Kashmir.

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The report noted that Indian armed forces not only use force indiscriminately but also rape and humiliate Kashmiri women. A member of the European Parliament also called on India “to end violence against women & children in IOK. Voices of Kashmiri women & children must be heard.”

The international community has raised its concerns over the brutalities being committed by India. Recently, the European Parliament stood up for the people of Kashmir. “Members of the European Parliament called on India to immediately put a halt to its atrocities in Indian Occupied Kashmir and carry out investigations into the incidents of grave human rights violations.”

Pakistan is taking up Kashmiris’ case

It is worth noting that Pakistan’s Foreign Minister demanded on Tuesday that the UN launch an international investigation into the situation in Indian-administered Kashmir, warning of the risk of “genocide” in the Muslim-majority region. “The people of Jammu and Kashmir are apprehending the worst,” Shah Mahmoud Qureshi told the UN Human Rights Council in Geneva, adding “I shudder to mention the word genocide here, but I must.”

The minister also explained to the world the state of affairs in IoK. “For the last six weeks, India has transformed Jammu and Kashmir into the largest prison on this planet,” Qureshi said.

Read more: 50 Countries join Pakistan’s demand for End to Indian Brutality in Kashmir

“The forlorn, traumatized towns, mountains, plains and valleys of Jammu and Kashmir reverberate today, with the grim reminders of Rwanda, Srebrenica, the Rohingya, and the pogrom of Gujarat,” he said.

The minister stated that India has arrested more than 6,000 people without due process. Many had been “shipped to jails all over India”, he said.