PM AJK seeks UN fact-finding mission in Kashmir


MUZAFFARABAD: Expressing deep concern over the deteriorating health conditions of detained Hurriyat leader Yaseen Malik and increasing custodial killings in Kashmir.

Azad Jammu and Kashmir (AJK) Prime Minister Raja Farooq Haider Khan has called upon the United Nations (UN) to intervene and send a fact-finding mission in both sides of the divide to assess human rights abuses.

“I request the foreign missions of Pakistan to raise the issue in their respective country exposing India by presented the document released by UN human rights commission to win the support of the influential countries for sending a fact-finding mission in the valley,” Haider vowed while addressing a press conference at his official residence here Sunday.

He said India’s National Investigation Agency (NIA) was indulging the political leadership in fake cases with the aim to bow them before the oppressor leaving no option youth to opt militancy for their right to self-determination which was granted to them under UN charter and could not be labeled as terrorism.

AJK premier said wife and daughter of ailing leader Yaseen Malik had been refused a visa by Indian government who wanted to see him in a hospital in Delhi and demanded the Indian government to allow them on humanitarian grounds.

He said the Tihar Jail where the ailing leader had been kept, resembles the prisons of Hitler era where prisoners are being subjected to worse torture and asked the Indian government to shift all Kashmiri prisoners in the valley including Malik.

To a question, he said AJK was ready to welcome a UN fact-finding mission as human rights situation is far better in the territory and he also discussed with Foreign Minister Shah Mehmood Quraishi who agreed to give the excess to such a mission in AJK to assess human rights situation in all parts of divided Kashmir.