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PR No. 240 ADVISER BRIEFS P-5 AND EU AMBASSADORS ON HUMAN RIGHTS VIOLATIONS IN INDIAN OCCUPIED KASHMIR; URGED THE AMBASSADORS TO FULFILL THEIR COMMITMENT TO THE PEOPLE OF J & K UNDER UNSC RESOLUTIONS Islamabad

The Adviser to the Prime Minister on Foreign Affairs, Sartaj Aziz, briefed the Ambassadors of the Permanent Members of the UN Security Council (China, France, Russia, UK and USA) and the European Union in Islamabad this afternoon (26 August 2016) over the killings and serious human rights violations being committed by the Indian occupation forces in the Indian occupied Jammu and Kashmir (IoK).

The Adviser deplored the lethal use of force by the Indian occupation forces against the innocent Kashmiri people and conveyed serious concerns over the bloodshed in the IoK which has taken a toll of more than 80 innocent Kasmiris since July 08 2016 and inflicted injuries on more than 7000 people. He said that the oppressive measures by India cannot deter the valiant people of the Jammu and Kashmir from their just struggle for their right of self determination.

The Adviser regretted the refusal from the Indian side in response to Pakistan’s proposal for talks on Jammu and Kashmir dispute. In this regard, he briefed the Ambassadors over the exchange of letters between the Foreign Secretary and his Indian counterpart.

The Adviser stated that the international community, especially the permanent members of the UN Security Council and the European Union have an important role to uphold the principles of human rights and international humanitarian law. He urged them to fulfill their commitments to the people of Jammu and Kashmir under the UN Security Council resolutions.

The Adviser said that Pakistan welcomes the UN Secretary General’s offer and would be ready to engage in a dialogue to resolve the Jammu & Kashmir dispute.

The P-5 and EU Ambassadors stressed the need to resolve the issue peacefully. They also acknowledged the importance of dialogue to address this long standing issue and the prevailing grave situation. Pakistan’s readiness for dialogue was appreciated by them.

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