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Pakistan calls for UN probe of India actions in IOK, fears ‘genocide’

Pakistan demands UN probe of India actions in IOK, fears ‘genocide’

GENEVA: International Minister Shah Mehmood Qureshi demanded on Tuesday that the UN should launch an investigation into the scenario in Indian-occupied Kashmir (IOK), warning a genocide may very well be looming within the valley.

Qureshi addressed the UN Human Rights Council in Geneva and raised issues over rising brutalities by Indian forces within the valley after New Delhi stripped IOK of its autonomy and imposed a crippling lockdown on August 5.

Qureshi mentioned, “The folks of this occupied land are struggling systematic, and serial, violations of their elementary freedoms.”

“For the final six weeks, over eight million Kashmiris, already within the clutches of decades-long Indian oppression, have been just about caged by an unlawful army occupation – that has swelled in ranks, inside days, from 700,000 to almost 1,000,000 troops.”

“India has remodeled IOK into the biggest jail on this planet, with just about no entry to primary facilities and technique of communication. Retailers are operating in need of provides, hospitals of life-saving medicines, and the sick and wounded unable to entry even emergency well being companies,” Qureshi instructed UNHRC.

He additionally highlighted how Kashmir’s political management of all shades was held below home arrest, imprisoned and gagged whereas over 6,000 folks, political staff, activists, college students, and professionals had been additionally detained.

“On the root of this mayhem is India’s refusal to grant the folks of Indian Occupied Jammu & Kashmir their proper of self-determination,” the international minister insisted.

He mentioned, “India’s unilateral actions of August 5, 2019, of altering the standing of IOK, recognised as a disputed territory by the UN Safety Council, are unlawful below worldwide regulation” and added, “They’re additionally a flagrant violation of a number of UN Safety Council Resolutions.”

Qureshi mentioned categorically that “India’s assertion that these actions are its inner affair is patently false.”

“I shudder to say the phrase Genocide right here, however I have to. With respect to the Genocide Conference, the Kashmiri folks within the occupied territory – as a nationwide, ethnic, racial and non secular group of individuals – face grave threats to their lives, way of life and livelihoods; from a murderous, misogynistic, and xenophobic regime.”

Qureshi mentioned, “India’s efforts to cover its atrocities in IOK, by falsely labelling it ‘terrorism’ and ‘cross-border terrorism’, are shameless and indefensible.”

He knowledgeable the UNHRC concerning the bilateral and multilateral mechanisms Pakistan had prompt that will disprove India’s self-serving claims.

“I’ve each worry that India will as soon as once more resort to ‘false-flag’ operations, and use the bogey of ‘terrorism’ as a purple herring, to divert worldwide opinion, even assault Pakistan,” mentioned FM Qureshi.

Commenting on the scenario alongside the Line of Management (LOC), he instructed the meeting that India’s one other ploy to deflect consideration was its rising violations of the 2003 ceasefire understanding on the LOC; and common and chronic concentrating on of civilians in Azad Jammu & Kashmir.

“India has used cluster ammunition and heavy artillery, in flagrant disregard of elementary norms of worldwide humanitarian regulation. This should finish instantly,” mentioned Qureshi.

“If India has nothing to cover, it ought to enable unhindered entry to the Fee of Inquiry, as beneficial by the UN Excessive Commissioner.”

He urged the UNHRC to make India instantly cease using pellet weapons, finish the bloodshed, carry the curfew, reverse the clampdown and communications blackout, and launch political prisoners.

“For seven a long time, the folks of IOK have awaited implementation of the UN Safety Council resolutions, prescribing a plebiscite to honour their proper of self-determination. Historical past could be a most unforgiving choose if we fail, but once more, the folks of this illegally occupied territory, of their second of biggest peril,” Qureshi concluded in his speech on the UNHRC.

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