Leghari highlights gravity of IoK situation

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Leghari highlights gravity of IoK situation

ISLAMABAD, Sept 11 (APP): Special Envoy of the Prime Minister
on Jammu and Kashmir Sardar Awais Ahmad Khan Leghari met United Nations High Commissioner for Human Rights in Geneva Prince Zeid Ra’ad Al Hussein and briefed him about the ongoing critical human rights situation in IoK (Indian occupied Kashmir).

Leghari, who is also Chairman Standing Committee of National
Assembly on Foreign Affairs, said the matter was of great concern to all Pakistanis, said a press release issued here on Sunday.

With reference to the 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 IoK, .

The actions include: “a) Immediate investigation of the
atrocities committed by Indian occupation forces against peaceful Kashmiri protestors.

b) A fair, transparent and independent inquiry into the martyrdom of Burhan Muzaffar Wani and to help bring to justice those responsible for it;

c) Assure the right of self determination and freedom to the
Kashmiri people and end India’s oppressive measures against the Kashmiri people;

d) Demand India to fulfill its human rights commitments under the
UNSC resolutions and international human rights obligations;

e) 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;

f) Abrogate immediately the Armed Forces Special Powers Act and other draconian laws.

g) Withdraw the forces from IOK that have unleashed a terror on
Kashmiris.”

High Commissioner Zeid thanked the Special Envoy for his visit
to Geneva and briefing him on the grave human rights situation in
IoK.

He assured the Special Envoy that his office was carefully
observing the situation and was in contact with both India and
Pakistan in this regard.