UN fact finding team must visit Azad Kashmir to see difference: FO

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PM to highlight HR violations in Indian Occupied Kashmir at UNGA

ISLAMABAD, Aug 18 (APP): After Indian authorities denied the
United Nations High Commission for Human Rights access to Indian
Occupied Kashmir, Pakistan Thursday said the UN fact finding team must visit Azad Jammu and Kashmir to see the peace there.

“Pakistan has never prevented UN officials from travelling
to Azad Jammu and Kashmir. However, while welcoming any UN team that the UN High Commissioner for Human Rights may wish to send to AJK, we cannot accept equating the rampant human rights violations in IOK with the situation in AJK,” the Foreign Office said in a statement.

The spokesman said in fact, today, the contrast between
grim reality in IOK and the peaceful situation in AJK could not be more stark. It is, therefore, essential that the UN fact finding team must visit IOK, he added.

In response to Pakistan’s request, the UN High Commissioner
for Human Rights has offered to send fact finding missions to both Indian Occupied Kashmir and the Azad Jammu and Kashmir.

He said as the HC was aware, AJK was an area open to
everyone and was frequented by foreign tourists and members of the diplomatic community in Pakistan, including representatives of the United Nations, where they had observed recent elections and met cross section of people.

On July 15, 2016, Pakistan had requested the UN to send
a fact finding mission to Indian Occupied Kashmir to report on the gross violations of human rights since July 8, 2016. Since that letter was written, the situation has deteriorated further.

In the past 40 days, more than 80 innocent young Kashmiris
have been killed, 6000 wounded and 120 blinded as a result of
brutal action by the Indian Security forces to suppress peaceful
protests. There has been constant curfew during this period in
IOK and a complete media blackout.