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Pakistan highlights Kashmir issue at UNHRC session in Geneva

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ISLAMABAD: Pakistan Permanent Representative to the United Nations Human Rights Council (UNHRC) Tehmina Janjua has called for a free and fair plebiscite for Kashmir as enshrined in the United Nations Charter and the UN Security Council resolutions.

A statement by the Foreign Office Spokesman said she was addressing the 33rd session of the UNHRC which is currently being held in Geneva.

She highlighted that around 100,000 Kashmiris have been killed by Indian occupation forces since 1989. A report by the International People’s Tribunal on Human Rights and Justice in Kashmir (IPTK) based in Indian-Occupied Kashmir report had revealed thousands of mass graves of innocent Kashmiris killed and secretly buried by India in fake encounters.

The IPTK report confirms throught DNA testing that Indian claims of calling indigenous Kashmiris as infiltrators is blatant lie. The report was widely accepted even in India and the European Union had adopted a resolution on allegations of mass graves in 2008.

Janjua called for an immediate halt to the rampant human rights violations in Indian-Occupied Kashmir and called for an independent investigation into extrajudicial killings.

She urged that UNHRC High Commissioner’s call to send a fact finding mission to Indian-Occupied Kashmir must be accepted by India. as the world had rejected India’s desperate attempt to equate the self determination movement with terrorism.  She said that the spontaneous nature and scale of Kashmiris’ peaceful protest proves the indigenous nature of the movement.

Tehmina affirmed the political, moral and diplomatic support to the struggle for the right to self determination by Kashmiris as per UNSC resolutions.

UN Commissioner on Human Rights Zeid Ra’ad Al Hussein had on Tuesday took notice of the deteriorating situation in Kashmir and said that it was crucial to establish an independent and impartial international mission, after receiving reports that Indian authorities had used excessive force against the civilian population, and a large number of people had been killed and wounded.

Pakistan had welcome the decision to send a fact-finding mission to both sides on the Line on Control, but the request was turned down by India who refused to provide unconditional access to the UN mission.

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