PM urges UN bodies to help end persistent violation of basic human rights of Kashmiris

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ISLAMABAD, Aug 9 (APP): Prime Minister Muhammad Nawaz Sharif has written letters to UN Secretary General, Ban Ki-Moon, and UN High Commissioner for Human Rights, Prince Zeid Ra’ad Al Hussein, urging efforts to end the persistent and egregious violation of basic human rights of Kashmiri people.

The Prime Minister also urged them to implement the UN Security Council Resolutions, which provide for self determination of the Kashmiri people through a fair and impartial plebiscite under the aspiration of the UN, a press release issued by the Ministry of Foreign Affairs here Tuesday said.

Highlighting human rights abuses by Indian occupation forces, the Prime Minister stated that more than 50 deaths and 3500 injuries had taken place, out of which 400 were critical.

Many innocent Kashmiris had lost their eyesight due to pellet guns, which were aimed with the deliberate intention of causing serious permanent injuries. This, the Prime Minister said, was unacceptable.

The use of illegitimate and excessive force against innocent civilians protesting peacefully over extrajudicial killings was a blatant violation of a range of fundamental rights, he added.

The Prime Minister said that force was being used to prevent access to hospitals, to harass doctors and prevent access to medical facilities.

“The situation is a clear manifestation of Indian state terrorism to suppress the Kashmiris’ struggle for their inalienable right to self-determination,” he added.

The Prime Minister called for investigation into the brutalities and atrocities committed by Indian occupation forces, protection of Kashmiris fundamental rights, a fair inquiry into the execution of Burhan Muzaffar Wani in cold blood and implementation of UN Resolutions on Jammu and Kashmir.