Send UN fact-finding mission to Kashmir: Pakistan to UN

Srinagar: Pakistan has once again called on the United Nations to dispatch a fact-finding mission to Kashmir, a Pakistani news agency reported today.

Maleeha Lodhi, Pakistan’s Ambassador to the UN, said that India’s rejection to allow one was in fact acknowledgment of the grave atrocities being committed by its occupation forces, the agency reported.
Ambassador Lodhi made that call when the UN High Commissioner for Human Rights, Zeid Ra’ad Al Hussein, called on her at the Pakistan Mission in New York, the agency quoted an official press release issued today.
The Pakistani envoy commended the High Commissioner for his effective leadership as an advocate of human rights and fundamental freedoms across the world, the agency added.
Pakistan, she said, appreciated his repeated calls for grant of unconditional access for the Office of High Commissioner for Human Rights (OHCHR) to both sides of the Line of Control in Jammu and Kashmir, the news agency said. Pakistan has already agreed to grant access to OHCHR.
Ambassador Lodhi, according to the report, also noted that the calls by the High Commissioner for sending fact-finding mission to Kashmir to independently assess the situation on the ground, was a source of solace for the people of Kashmir.
“Their rejection by India only reinforced the need for the office of the High Commissioner to monitor the situation on a sustained basis,” the report quoted Lodhi to have said.
According to the report, Pakistan would continue to support the High Commissioners’ efforts to end human rights violations worldwide.
Briefing High Commissioner Zeid on the current situation in Jammu and Kashmir, Ambassador Lodhi said that the grave violations of human rights of the Kashmiri people including extra-judicial killings, torture, violence and arbitrary detentions, have become synonymous with Indian occupation and they continue with impunity, the report added.
Ambassador Lodhi, according to the report, said that their hardship has been exacerbated by prolonged curfews and denial of medical and basic facilities.
“The international community has an obligation to support the legitimate struggle of the Kashmiri people for their right to self-determination and act decisively to end human rights violations there”, the report quoted Lodhi.
During the meeting, they also exchanged views on efforts to counter Islamophobia, xenophobia and new forms of racism, the agency quoted an official press release.

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