World should take notice of human rights violations in IOK: Mazari


ISLAMABAD: Human Rights Federal Minister Shireen Mazari has said that Pakistan is aware of the brutalities in Indian occupied Kashmir and it will move beyond rhetoric to find a solution premised on a plebiscite.

Dr Mazari was talking to a delegation of All Parties Hurriyat Conference (APHC) led by Convenor, Ghulam Muhammad Safi, that called on her on Friday.

The delegation comprised of Sayyed Faiz Naqshbandi, Mehmood Ahmad Saghar, Abdul Hameed Lone, Raja Khadim Hussain and Shamim Shawal.

They discussed the prevailing human rights situation and especially, the United Nations Office of the High Commissioner for Human Rights (UN-OHCHR) report on Kashmir and how best Pakistan can proceed further on conflict resolution. Matters related to human rights violations in Indian Occupied Kashmir and protracted rights of people of Kashmir also came under discussion.

Innocent people of Kashmir are denied their fundamental right to self-determination which is guaranteed by the international resolutions, she added.

She said the people suffering in the Indian Occupied Kashmir who have been under the Indian occupation for the last seven decades and are striving for the right to self-determination should pull the international community to come forward and resolve the longstanding issue of Kashmir.

Shireen Mazari said that the Kashmir issue is the question of the right to self-determination adding that International conventions guarantee the right of self-determination of the Kashmiri people. She said that human rights violations in Indian Occupied Kashmir are crimes against humanity and the situation of human rights was very deploring in occupied Kashmir.

Mazari said that India is committing serious violations of human rights in occupied Kashmir. Pakistan fully supports the freedom movement of the people of Kashmir and will continue its unwavering support for the freedom fighters.