Pakistan urges UN to take steps to end voilence on Kashmiris

Pakistan Prime Minister's Special Envoy on Jammu and Kashmir Sardar Awais Ahmad Khan Leghari held a meeting with United Nations High Commissioner for Human Rights Prince Zeid Ra'ad Al-Hussein in Geneva on Sunday, urging him to end voilence on Kashmiris.
Pakistan urges UN to take steps to end voilence on Kashmiris
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Pakistan Prime Minister's Special Envoy on Jammu and Kashmir Sardar Awais Ahmad Khan Leghari held a meeting with United Nations High Commissioner for Human Rights Prince Zeid Ra'ad Al-Hussein in Geneva on Sunday, urging him to end voilence on Kashmiris. 

The envoy briefed Al-Hussein about the ongoing critical human rights situation in Kashmir, underscoring that the "matter was of great concern to all Pakistanis."

Radio Pakistan reported that with reference to Prime Minister's letters addressed to the UN Secretary General and the High Commissioner, the Special Envoy asked the "Human Rights High Commissioner to take concrete measures to immediately end violence in Kashmir."

"He demanded immediate investigation of the atrocities committed by Indian occupation forces against peaceful Kashmiri protestors. He asked for a fair, transparent and independent inquiry into the martyrdom of Burhan Muzaffar Wani and to help bring to justice those responsible for it. He also asked to assure the right of self-determination and freedom to the Kashmiri people and end India's oppressive measures against the Kashmiri people," the radio report said. 

The report also said that the envoy asked Human Rights High Commissioner to demand India to fulfil it human rights commitments under the UNSC resolutions and international human rights obligations.

"He demanded to end immediately the use of pellet guns or other lethal substitutes against innocent Kashmiris and also end human rights abuses including mass killings, forced disappearances, illegal detentions, torture, rapes and sexual molestation," it said. 

It said that he asked to abrogate immediately the Armed Forces Special Powers Act and other draconian laws in the Held Valley.

He demanded for the withdrawal of the "Indian forces from Held territory that has unleashed a terror on Kashmiris," it said. 

"The Human Rights High Commissioner thanked the Special Envoy for his visit to Geneva and for briefing him on the grave human rights situation in occupied Kashmir.  He assured the Special Envoy that his Office is carefully observing the situation in the area and is in contact with both India and Pakistan in this regard," it added. 

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