Geneva, Feb 25:
Pakistan on Tuesday raked up the Kashmir issue at the UNHRC here and demanded
the immediate lifting of the communication restrictions and release of all the
political leaders and activists in the Valley, saying any “inaction”
by the international community will only “embolden” India.
Speaking at the
43rd session of the Human Rights Council which is being held here in
Switzerland from February 24 to March 20, Pakistan’s Minister for Human Rights
Shireen Mazari alleged that India continues to violate the human rights of the
Kashmiri people and demanded the immediate repeal of all actions by India on
August 5 last year in Kashmir.
the special status of Jammu and Kashmir under Article 370 on August 5 and
bifurcated it into two Union territories.
Pakistan has been
trying to internationalise the Kashmir issue but India has asserted that the
abrogation of Article 370 was its “internal matter”. New Delhi has
also asked Islamabad to accept the reality and stop its anti-India rhetoric.
She alleged that
“over six thousand Kashmiri people, activists… were arrested without the
due process of law” and demanded their immediate release.
known for her hardline anti-India stance, said any “inaction” by the
international community and the Council will only “embolden” India to
act with impunity.
Mazari urged the
UNHRC and the rest of the international community to take action against the
alleged human rights atrocities and violations in Jammu and Kashmir.
In her speech,
she appealed the Council to constitute an independent Commission of Inquiry to
investigate and report the alleged human rights violations in Kashmir as
proposed in a UN report.
In 2018, the
Office of the High Commissioner for Human Rights (OHCHR) report recommended an
independent, international Commission of Inquiry on Kashmir.
said is ready to facilitate the Commission of Inquiry to Pakistan-administered
Kashmir (PaK) and asked India to reciprocate in Jammu and Kashmir.
eight actions that, she said, the Council and the international community
should take with respect to Jammu and Kashmir to protect the human rights
situation in the Valley.
She asked India
to withdraw all the “illegal actions” of August 5, desist from
changing demographics in Jammu and Kashmir and lift the lockdown and
communications blackout there.
The minister said
India must “allow” the flow of medicines, food and other essential
items to the Kashmiri people and release all “arbitrarily detained”
Kashmiri leaders, professionals and activists, including young boys.
that India should repeal all the “draconian laws” which, she alleged,
allowed the Indian security forces to “commit atrocities” in Kashmir
and prohibit the use of force.
She called for
banning the use of pellet guns and ensure the drawdown of over 800,000 Indian
troops in Jammu and Kashmir.
The minister also
highlighted the steps taken by her country to ensure the safety and security of
the minority communities and mentioned the opening of the historic Kartarpur
Sahib Corridor for the Sikhs.
government abrogated Article 370 of the Constitution on August 5, 2019 that
granted special status to Jammu and Kashmir, and imposed severe curbs including
on movement of people as well as on mobile telephone and internet connectivity.
The crackdown drew international criticism with several countries expressing
concerns over the situation in Kashmir.
India has categorically
told the international community that its move to scrap Article 370 was an
internal matter. According to officials, internet is being restored in the
Valley in a phased manner after reviewing the security situation.