Foreign Minister Shah Mahmood Qureshi Asks UNHRC To Investigate Human Rights Violations In IOK

Foreign Minister Shah Mahmood Qureshi has urged the Human Rights Council to constitute a commission of inquiry for investigation into blatant and grave human rights violations in occupied Kashmir.

He was addressing the 42nd session of the Human Rights Council in Geneva on Tuesday.

The Foreign Minister said the Council should take steps to bring to justice the perpetrators of human rights violations of the innocent Kashmir people.

The Foreign Minister said if India has nothing to hide, it should allow unhindered access to the Commission of Inquiry.

He said Pakistan stands ready to allow access to the proposed Commission of Inquiry, or other mechanisms, on our side of the Line of Control; together with similar access to Indian Occupied Jammu & Kashmir.

Shah Mahmood Qureshi said the UN Human Rights Council should urge India to immediately lift the curfew and reverse the clampdown and communications blackout in occupied Kashmir. India should also be asked to stop the use of pellet guns, end the bloodshed and restore fundamental freedoms and liberties.

He said India should release political prisoners, stop targeting human rights defenders and fulfill obligations under the UN Security Council resolutions and various human rights instruments. He said Indian draconian emergency laws in occupied Kashmir cannot be allowed to stand.

Shah Mahmood Qureshi said the Human Rights Council should authorize the Office of the High Commissioner, and the Human Rights Council's Special Procedures Mandate Holders, to monitor and report on India's human rights violations in IOK, and regularly update this Council.