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Pakistan reiterates demand for establishing UN OHCHR office in IOK

ISLAMABAD: Pakistan on Saturday reiterated its demand for establishing an office of the United Nations High Commissioner for Human Rights' (OHCHR) Commission to probe into the human rights violations in Indian occupied Kashmir (IOK) by the Indian army. “Today, marks the 70th year since the UNSC’s resolution granting the right to self determination to Kashmiris was adopted - the continuing bloodbath in #IOK and unresolved #Jammu&Kashmir dispute is a collective failure of the world,” Foreign Office spokesperson Dr…

375 Kashmiris martyred in IOK in 2018

SRINAGAR: Indian Occupied Kashmir (IOK) continued to witness grave human rights violations during the year 2018 as Indian forces in their barbaric acts of state terrorism martyred 375 Kashmiris. According to a report compiled by the Research Section of Kashmir Media Service, Indian troops conducted 2,939 cordon and search operations across the disputed territory during 2018. The martyrs included highly qualified youth like Professor Dr Muhammad Rafi Butt, Dr Manan Bashir Wani, Dr Sabzar Ahmad Sofi, Dr Aijazud Din Khan…

Pope condemns ‘atrocities’ of US clerical child abuse

WASHINGTON: Pope Francis condemned Monday the "atrocities" revealed by a far-reaching US report into clerical child sex abuse in the state of Pennsylvania issued last week. "In recent days, a report was made public which detailed the experiences of at least a thousand survivors... the abuse of power and of conscience at the hands of priests," the pope said in a letter made public by the Vatican. "Even though it can be said that most of these cases belong to the past, nonetheless as time goes on we have come to know the…

Pakistan raises Kashmir issue in UN Security Council, pointing to atrocities against kids

ISLAMABAD: At the United Nations (UN), Pakistan raised the Kashmir issue and called for effective new ways to protect children from atrocities committed by the Indian occupation forces in Jammu & Kashmir, says a press release received on Tuesday from New York. “Children are often at the heart of conflict and are in consequence directly targeted. Their homes and schools are destroyed and food and water supplies deliberately cut off," Pakistan’s Ambassador to the UN Maleeha Lodhi said while speaking in the Security…

Indian atrocities cannot suppress Kashmiris’ struggle: FO

RAWALPINDI: Foreign Office Spokesperson Dr Muhammad Faisal on Sunday said India was relentlessly killing Kashmiri youth in the Occupied Kashmir. In a tweet, on the eve of second martyrdom anniversary of prominent Kashmiri youth leader Burhan Muzaffar Wani, he said Kashmiris' legitimate struggle for self-determination cannot be equated with terrorism. The spokesperson said Burhan Wani was a young man of 20 years, whose life was snuffed out on trumped up charges. He said such atrocities by the Indian occupied forces…

Kashmir Solidarity Day being observed today across country

ISLAMABAD: Kashmir Solidarity Day is being observed today across the country to condemn unprecedented Indian brutalities in occupied Kashmir.   The federal cabinet at a special meeting earlier this week decided to observe Kashmir Solidarity Day on April 6 (Friday) to condemn brutal treatment of Kashmiris and flagrant violation of all human rights and to reaffirm Pakistan’s political, diplomatic and moral support for the people of Kashmir in their just and legitimate struggle for their right to self-determination.…

Afridi expresses concern over situation in held-Kashmir

Former cricketer Shahid Afridi has expressed concern over the worsening situation in Indian-Occupied Kashmir and the atrocities perpetuated by Indian security forces.  In a brief statement on the micro-blogging site Twitter, Afridi decried the "appalling and worrisome" situation in held-Kashmir. He said that innocent Kashmiris are being shot by the oppressive Indian regime to clam down the the voice of self-determination. He called on the United Nations and other international bodies to make efforts and stop the…

Foreign minister condemns Indian atrocities in occupied Kashmir

ISLAMABAD: Foreign Minister Khawaja Asif on Sunday condemned continuing Indian efforts to suppress Kashmiri struggle for their right to self-determination by inhuman tactics including torture, arbitrary arrests and extra-judicial killings. “India again violated rights of Kashmiris to assembly and protest by arresting leaders and workers to prevent them from joining the 'Anantnag Chalo' rally on Friday,” he said in a statement. Read More: Indian police arrests French journalist after filming in Kashmir He said raids on…

UN urged to punish Myanmar army over Rohingya ‘atrocities’

YANGON: Pressure grew on Myanmar Monday as a rights group urged world leaders to impose sanctions on its military, which is accused of driving out more than 410,000 Rohingya Muslims in an orchestrated "ethnic cleansing" campaign. The call from Human Rights Watch came as the UN General Assembly prepared to convene in New York, with the crisis in Myanmar one of the most pressing topics. It also came on the eve of a highly-anticipated national address by Myanmar's civilian leader Aung San Suu Kyi -- her first on the…

Representatives of OIC countries briefed on India’s atrocities in held Kashmir

ISLAMABAD: In the backdrop of Kashmir Solidarity Day, Additional Secretary (UN & EC) Tasnim Aslam on Tuesday briefed the ambassadors of Organisation of Islamic Conference (OIC) countries on the continuously deteriorating human rights situation in Indian occupied Jammu & Kashmir. The ambassadors were, at the Foreign Office in Islamabad, also briefed on the significance of Kashmir Solidarity Day. The additional secretary underscored that the Jammu & Kashmir dispute was outstanding on UN Security Council’s…