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PR No. 74 AT UN PAKISTAN CALLS FOR INDEPENDENT INQUIRY INTO KILLINGS IN KASHMIR Islamabad

At the United Nations Pakistan called for an independent and transparent inquiry into the extra judicial killings in Indian occupied Kashmir, calling the situation there a grave threat to peace and security, says a press release received here today from New York.

This was conveyed by Pakistan’s Ambassador Dr. Maleeha Lodhi to the Secretary General’s office. Briefing Under Secretary General Edmond Mullet, the Chef d’ Cabinet of  UN Secretary General Ban Ki Moon, on the atrocious brutality by Indian security forces in Occupied Jammu and Kashmir, Ambassador Dr. Maleeha Lodhi, informed him that the assassination of a popular Kashmiri youth leader Burhan Wani had set off widespread protests which were being responded to by heavy handed tactics by Indian occupation forces.

These tactics included firing on unarmed civilians, which had already led to over 40 deaths, and was   further deteriorating an already tense situation. Over 1,500 people have been injured many of whom are in critical condition.

Mr Mulet told the Pakistani envoy that the UN Secretary General  was concerned about the deteriorating situation in Indian-held Kashmir,and that he was  ready to mediate peace talks between India and Pakistan provided the two neighbours accept his good offices. He also pointed to the fact that the Secretary General had voiced this concern in a public statement.

Ambassador Lodhi said that the situation should be of grave concern to the international community as it poses a threat to peace and security.

The Pakistani Envoy called the use of excessive force against civilians exceedingly deplorable and condemnable.

She informed Mullet that many of the injured had permanently lost their vision due to injuries caused by the use of pellet guns to disburse peaceful protestors. Indian forces were firing at unarmed protesters under instructions of ‘shoot to kill’ and curfew remained imposed in most parts of Indian Held Kashmir.

Leaders of the APHC ( All Parties Hurriyat Council) have all been confined to house detention. The continued imposition of a curfew has brought life to a halt and is caused mounting hardship to the people.

Indian forces have even attacked hospitals where harassment of doctors and paramedic staff has been reported. Even the injured and their attendants were assaulted in the hospitals. Ambulances too have been attacked by Indian occupation forces.

Dubbing the Kashmiris agitating for their right to self-determination as “terrorists” was a travesty of truth and was further inflaming passions, she argued.

Ambassador Lodhi also reminded the United Nations of its longstanding commitments to the people of Jammu and Kashmir under several UN Security Council resolutions.

The international community must call on the Indian government to honour its human rights obligations and its commitments to peacefully resolve the Jammu and Kashmir dispute in accordance with UN Security Council resolutions, she concluded.

Earlier in a General Assembly debate Ambassador Lodhi made a forceful statement calling for implementation of SC resolutions  and drawing the attention of the world body to what she called atrocious violations of human rights in occupied Kashmir.

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