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PR No. 216 Islamabad: September 27, 2016

PM’s Special Envoys on Kashmir Urge Pakistani Diaspora in Belgium to Highlight Gravity of Human Rights Violations in Indian Occupied Kashmir International community must realize its responsibility to play an effective role for solving the Kashmir issue according to UN Resolutions. These views were expressed by the special envoys of Prime Minister on KashmirMNAs Mr Ijaz- Ul – Haq and Malik M. Uzair Khan who met with Pakistani and Kashmiri community in Brussels, here, today. They urged them to extend support for highlighting human rights violations in Indian occupied Jammu and Kashmir at the international level.

 

The two envoys are visiting Belgium as part of the mission of 22 special envoys nominated by the Prime Minister to highlight the grave situation in Indian Occupied Kashmir. They will also brief the Belgian government EU officials, Parliamentarian, Think Tanks and Journalists about the serious human rights violations and atrocities being committed by Indian forces to suppress the indigenous struggle of people e of Kashmir for their right of self –determination.

 

The envoys briefed the Pakistani and Kashmiri diasporas in detail about the human rights violations being perpetrated by the Indian occupying forces on the innocent people of Jammu and Kashmir. They impressed the importance of the Pakistani and Kashmiri diaspora around the world for harnessing support for the people of Kashmir. The diasporas could be instrumental in informing their circles about the scale of atrocities being committed by Indian army in Indian occupied Jammu and

Kashmir.

 

Much of Indian-held Kashmir has been under curfew since protests broke out over the killing of a popular freedom fighter, Burhan Wani by Indian security forces on July 8, this year. More than 106 civilians have been killed in clashes between protesters and troops and 8000 injured in the worst violence in decades. Hospitals have reported hundreds of young men and boys suffering from serious eyes and other injuries from the inhuman use of guns by the Indian security forces.

 

The envoys also referred to the statement of the Prime Minister at the 71 st

session of the UN General Assembly in which he reminded the Security Council that it had called for the exercise of the right to self-determination by the people of Jammu and Kashmir through a free and fair plebiscite held under UN auspices. The people of Kashmir had waited 70 years for implementation of this promise. The Security Council must honour its commitments by implementing its own decisions. The envoys asserted

that steps should be taken by the United Nations to de-militarize Jammu and Kashmir and undertake consultations with India, Pakistan and the true representatives of the Kashmiri people to implement the resolutions of the Security Council.

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