FM Qureshi, Mirwaiz Umar Farooq discuss HR violations in IOK


ISLAMABAD: Foreign Minister Shah Mahmood Qureshi spoke with All Parties Hurriyat Conference Chairman Mirwaiz Umar Farooq on phone on Tuesday.

The foreign minister briefed him on the efforts of the government of Pakistan to highlight the gross human rights violations being perpetrated by the Indian forces in Indian Occupied Kashmir (IOK), said a statement issued on Tuesday.

In this context, he mentioned the June 2018 report issued by the Office of the High Commissioner for Human Rights and the APPKG report of the UK Parliament. He also emphasised that India should permit the visit of the Commission of Inquiry, as envisaged in both reports.

The foreign minister also informed Mirwaiz Umar Farooq of the upcoming events, being organized in London at the House of Commons and the exhibition being held in London on 4-5 February 2019 respectively. These again are efforts to highlight the centrality of Jammu and Kashmir dispute and the grave human rights violations against the Kashmiri people by India, which are being widely condemned and need to be immediately stopped.

Mirwaiz Umar Farooq greatly appreciated the efforts of the Government of Pakistan and emphasised that the Indian atrocities shall never be able to suppress the will of the people of IOK, who will continue to raise their voice against severe Indian repression and in the face of Indian black laws.

He also said that he would have wanted to be present for the London events, but his passport and those of his contemporaries had been confiscated by the government of India, to prevent them from travelling abroad.